I work downtown, and there are times (Vancouver Marathon, Sunrun, Triathlon) that traffic is re-routed and subsequently jammed and/or nasty. But yesterday, I've never seen grid-lock that bad.
Apparently there were about 300,000 people in attendance for the Santa Claus Day Parade, and I swear...all of them drove.
As a carfree individual, this was a minor glitch. It might have added 2 minutes to me exiting the downtown, via the Burrard St. bridge. However, the downtown nightmare for everyone else who wasn't on bike or foot, would have been chaos.
Has anyone else seen traffic this bad before, or have I usually avoided the downtown, at the right times?