Vancouver is definitely one of the coolest places to live, but the problem is a lot of people think so. This is what traffic at night on Highway #1 looks like if you were to look at the highway from an overpass and keep your eyes open for 10 seconds. Being a city of bridges, generally no matter when you're planning on going into or coming out of town, you have some sort of gridlock to deal with. Or facing the conundrum of where on earth to park the car that gets you downtown when you need to go downtown is another pitfall. And soon there's tolls coming on the new Port Mann bridge. No such thing as a free ride.
This is the Lions Gate Bridge, connecting Vancouver City to the North Shore. It was early one damp Sunday morning, but the rain didn't keep the police away. Notice the patrol cars positioned on either side of the bridge entrance. Then notice how drivers apply their brake lights the moment they realize there's cops parked there. I think it's a natural human reaction to step on the brake when you see a police car, just like having to close your eyes when you sneeze, or getting frustrated by not being able to lick the tip of your own elbow. Some things just aren't humanly possible.