In most cities, there are corridors through in which virtually every vehicle that enters at one specific point leaves at another. Examples include:
- Vancouver: the causeway through Stanley Park and across the Lions Gate Bridge
- Ottawa: Booth street between LeBreton and Eddy
In both of these places, I have spent long periods of time with large groups of people waiting for buses. Meanwhile, thousands of cars containing single invididuals have streamed past.Is there any way spontaneous mass hitchhiking could be made to arise in such circumstances? What are the barriers to that happening? Are there any places in the world where it would happen already?
It just seems spectacularly inefficient for thousands of empty seats – powered by powerful engines and emitting fumes for the enjoyment of those waiting – would stream pass crowds of cold, or wet, or even perfectly comfortable people waiting to pay for a spot (probably standing) in a publicly owned vehicle.