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Escaping Rīga: Latvian capital rated among worst rush-hour cities

New research names Rīga as one of the worst cities in the world from which to flee during rush hour.

Transport monitoring company Fleet Logging investigated how far you can drive out of city centers worldwide in one hour, during peak and off-peak travel times. The study collected this data for the most populous city in every state in the US, the 20 most populous cities in the UK, all European capitals, and the world's biggest metropolitan areas covered by the TravelTime app.

The study shows that Rīga is the third most difficult city in the world to get out of during rush hour in a car if you are looking to cover a large distance – in an hour you’ll travel 31.7 kilometers (21.6 miles): admittedly enough to have you quite a long way out of the city and into deep forest in most directions.

Rīga was also notable for having rather little difference between the progress possible at peak times (31.7 km) and off-peak times (26.1 miles / 42 kilometers), which at least gives anyone stuck in a traffic jam the consolation of knowing it probably wouldn't have made much difference even if they had left earlier as they invariably intended.

Rush hour cities

London, the capital of England, is the most difficult city to get out of during rush hour – in an hour you’ll travel 12.7 miles (20 kilometers). Second place went to Singapore, which is of course a fairly small island, and where 15.4 miles (24 kilometers) is possible.

FleetLogging.com is a review site for fleet management software and devices, such as dashcam systems, ELD devices and GPS trackers. The full data and methodology used is available at: https://fleetlogging.com/city-centers-in-one-hour/ 

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