Prague ranks 110th in the 2021 Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard with an average of 51 hours spent in congestion per year. This is 20% less than before the epidemic.
Other Czech cities included in the scorecard include, Hradec Králové (53 hours on average spent in traffic jam per year), Pardubice (51), České Budějovice (38), Brno (36), Olomouc (31), Ústí nad Labem (24), and Ostrava (17).
The study analyzed congestion in 1,064 cities in 38 countries.
London is the world’s most congested city and. Drivers lost 148 hours in traffic jams last year, down just 1 percent from pre-COVID levels.
In second place was Paris – a city where authorities have been far more proactive in putting emergency bike lanes in place and restricting motor traffic than the British capital has – on 140 hours, a 25 hour improvement. And in both cases, average last-mile motor vehicle speed actually improved by 10 per cent.
To determine the cities that have the worst traffic, INRIX collects billions of anonymous data points daily from an array of sources, including connected vehicles, mobile devices, navigation units, fleet vehicles, road and garage infrastructure, and publicly available information on incidents.
“For nearly every country across the globe, 2021 represented a year that Covid-19 continued to wreak havoc on many aspects of life,” said Inrix transportation analyst Bob Pishue in the report.
“In addition to the health risks, inflationary pressures, supply chain disruptions, fuel prices and labour instability led to the continuation of substantial changes in travel behaviour,” he adds.