Remedy for Bay Area Traffic and All Bad Commutes
Shocker!!! Traffic is bad in the Bay Area. It is a good news, bad news thing. Back during the “boom” of the Internet in the late 90’s/early 2000, traffic was a sign that the region’s economic motor was humming. During the bust, the traffic was much better, but the economy was much worse. Traffic is a sign of economic activity, to be sure, but also a sign of a decreased quality of life and a bit too much time listening to NPR in the car or your other favorite radio station.So, what is the remedy for Bay Area traffic? As was reported in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, bond measures will spend over $1 billion to widen choke spots or add HOV lanes. That’s one thing.What is the remedy for all bad commutes, however? Simple: stay off the road. That’s right. Work at home. With broadband reaching nearly every corner of the world, you can work virtually from anywhere. As our CEO challenged Cisco employees last week, we are all to cut one trip a quarter.Cisco also provides broadband for employees, so they can work from home. I even suggested, at one point, that other companies should follow Cisco’s lead here.And, with Cisco (and other) collaborative technologies, you can work as efficiently, if not more so, by using technology. So, if you are tired of traffic and have DSL or Cable or Satellite or BPL, then, if your company allows and your boss approves, work from home one day a week. I’m no math major, but by my calculations, this would cut traffic by roughly 20%. To my mind, that’s 20% less frustration, which is a good thing. Certainly, in the Bay Area, home of Silicon Valley, we can figure this traffic thing out by using technology. Not that we can figure out cell coverage here, but that’s another story.In related news, the Vatican today released their rules for the road. And, if you’ve ever driven or been in a taxi in Rome, you can certainly see why they spent time on this topic.