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View Poll Results: Most intimidating for a visitor to drive in?
Boston 64 34.97%
New York 102 55.74%
Philadelphia 14 7.65%
Baltimore 6 3.28%
DC 16 8.74%
Pittsburgh 8 4.37%
Detroit 5 2.73%
Cleveland 1 0.55%
Cincinnati 2 1.09%
Chicago 14 7.65%
Denver 0 0%
Seattle 8 4.37%
San Fransisco 26 14.21%
LA 30 16.39%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 183. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-19-2018, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Wow. This sounds exactly like Queens in New York!
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You just described the borough of Queens in NYC.
I guess I'd feel right at home!
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Northeast states
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Pittsburgh would be way higher in the poll if more people were familiar with it. It is similar to Boston in a lot of ways.
Pittsburgh driving is Disneyworld compare to NYC
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Old 04-19-2018, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Maine
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The Denver suburbs have streets with names like 80th Avenue, 80th Place, 80th Drive, 80th Circle, etc. Same named streets often stop and then start up again blocks later. The city itself is fairly easy to drive, relatively flat, on a grid with a different grid downtown, decent signage. Drivers are quite aggressive however. I believe I read once that the term "road rage" was invented here.
The starting and stopping of streets drove me nuts when we first moved out there! I'd never seen anything like it, and it was seriously frustrating without a good GPS unit.
After growing up near NYC, Denver was never all that stressful for me to get around. Traffic has obviously gotten a lot worse, but it's at least quite easy to navigate.

NYC is the most stressful and intimidating city for me to drive in, but obviously Manhattan isn't hard to get around once you're in it. I drove in Boston during the "big dig", and I still vividly recall how awful that experience was, so it's a close second.
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:42 AM
 
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Pittsburgh driving is Disneyworld compare to NYC
Not sure what that means.
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:46 AM
 
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Default Boston and New York

Driving through Boston is confusing because none of the roads make any sense. They say that the roads are former cowpaths, and there is little rhyme or reason for the way the roads are structured. Add to that mix traffic and aggressive drivers, and forget about it. On top of that, traffic to the Cape on weekends is a nightmare. The only road I could depend on when living there was Route 9, which gave me my bearings as to where I was.

Driving in New York is crazy because of its small streets, where a truck may stop at any time and unload its cargo without giving a thought as to who is standing behind it when it decided to stop. Pedestrians rule the intersections, and therefore turning right onto a street is an adventure, especially around Times Square. Merging into tunnels leaving Manhattan and entering it is also trying, since it seems like six lanes merge into two, and the aggressive guy wins.

I think driving in LA and Chicago are a breeze compared to those two.

Third runner up, though, is Miami. Horn happy at lights and rude generally on the road makes driving there unpleasant. Older drivers and every type of person from every corner of the planet make it challenging. But I have never been in a town which relied so heavily on horns to get their point across.

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Old 04-19-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The starting and stopping of streets drove me nuts when we first moved out there! I'd never seen anything like it, and it was seriously frustrating without a good GPS unit.
After growing up near NYC, Denver was never all that stressful for me to get around. Traffic has obviously gotten a lot worse, but it's at least quite easy to navigate.

NYC is the most stressful and intimidating city for me to drive in, but obviously Manhattan isn't hard to get around once you're in it. I drove in Boston during the "big dig", and I still vividly recall how awful that experience was, so it's a close second.
The Louisville, CO fire dept. actually asked the city to quit giving discontinuous streets the same name as it made homes very hard to find, slowing down response time. The city went along with their request.
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Northeast states
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Not sure what that means.
in NYC terms it means Pittsburgh is lightweight compare to driving in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:46 PM
 
Location: OH
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I’ve driven in every city on the list except the last four. Pittsburgh was definitely the most challenging and intimidating to drive in due to the rugged topography. The winding roads, steep hills, sharp curves, random street name changes, short on-ramps, stop signs at the end of merge ramps made for a palm sweating experience. Pittsburgh also isn’t a city that a lot of people go to just to visit, and you really don’t have to drive through there to get anywhere, so most drivers on the road there are familiar with the roads and are zipping along from point A to B.

The sheer volume of traffic in NYC can be overwhelming at times, but I don’t find it intimidating to drive there.

I would rank Boston a close second behind Pittsburgh. As a full time resident however, I think Boston would rank #1.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:17 AM
 
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in NYC terms it means Pittsburgh is lightweight compare to driving in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens
Its pretty easy to drive in a grid.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:45 AM
 
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Its pretty easy to drive in a grid.
Clearly you haven't actually driven in NYC if you think that lol. Try getting through the tunnels and over the bridges. Try grids that don't align or follow the same patterns in the outer boroughs. Gridlock that can occur at any time of day. Delivery trucks blocking one way streets. Pedestrians darting out from everywhere they can. Cabbies who drive like...idk how to explain how they drive. Lower Manhattan with its narrow one ways and non-numbered streets.
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