Other Roads

GILLES LEIMDORFER/REA

PULL THE CORK Parisian traffic jams, or bouchons, turn boulevards into massive car parks. With new bus and bike lanes, the city hopes to push cars out

THE WEB Traffic moves faster on the information highway, and people are using the Web to help reduce congestion on the tarmac too. At www.autobahn.nrw.de, drivers in North-Rhine Westphalia can see a real-time simulation of traffic conditions on its 2,250 km of motorway. The man behind the site, Michael Schreckenberg of Duisburg-Essen University, is now at work on the world's largest traffic-information system, using sensor-gathered data to channel travel advice to TV, radio and motorway screens. If you still can't face the rush hour, try staying home like the 2% of Europeans who now telework...

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