15 beautiful photos of traffic that will give you a new perspective on gridlock

When you're stuck in the middle of it, stop-and-go traffic can fill you with rage (though we've got coping mechanisms on how to curb anger while behind the wheel
, if that's you). When you're looking at traffic as an outsider, however, a sea of never ending red tail lights can actually look like a beautiful work of art.
Scroll on to see some of the coolest photos of gridlock in hotspots around the globe.
Coimbatore, India
Cross Cut Road in Coimbatore, India has a nickname: the street that never sleeps. It's a shopping mecca where visitors and locals alike scour storefronts and bazaars for luxe textiles like handwoven silk and cotton, jewellery and more. There are deals to be had for sure, if you can handle the congestion to get there.
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Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand's capital city is constantly pulsing like a steady heartbeat. The roadways are jam packed with cars, motorbikes and tuk-tuks moving every which way at every hour of the day.
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New York, New York
The traffic in Manhattan is as iconic as the Empire State Building or Time Square. Over eight million people live in New York and they've got to get from point A to point B somehow.
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Madrid, Spain
Madrid's old world charm and winding roads make gridlock look a whole lot more attractive than say sitting on the 401 going from Toronto to Oshawa during rush hour.
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Busy day in Madrid ?????? . #madrid #spain #city #traffic #urban #europe #capital #travel #traveller #travelling #traveling #travelingram #travelgram #travelblogger #travelblog #blog #blogger #photo #photos #photography #photographer #photoshoot #photooftheday #urbanphotography #cityphotography #travelphotography
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New Delhi, India
Congestion in New Delhi has become such an issue that the city has plans to end traffic by 2020. A
proposed plan
by the Delhi Police says it will create new pedestrians bridges and underpasses and address 'road geometrics, both of which put a strain on the flow of traffic.
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Traffic is seen stuck due to heavy rush on the first day of the New Year 2019, in the Connaught Place area of New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. #trafficjam #traffic #stuck #Delhi #newyear #photooftheday #indiaphotosociety #photojournalism #indiapictures #newspaper #whpmagical #reportagespotlight #indian_gram #huffpostgram #indianphotoproject #everydayindia #onAssignment #yeshuffpost #TheWeekOnInstagram #photojournalistarun #zonestreet
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Miami, Florida
Will Smith loved to party in the city where the heat was on, but he always glossed over Miami's atrocious traffic. Probably because singing about bumper-to-bumper congestion is a lot less sexy than sweaty night clubs and the beautiful people in them.
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Los Angeles, California
LA has the world's worst gridlock, according to an annual study by
INRIX
, and the City of Angels has held the number one spot for
six
straight years. It's not just entitled celebs complaining about traffic, science says it really does suck.
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L.A Traffic (March 2015)…. #traffic #trafficjam #latraffic #losangeles #la #viewfrommulhollanddrive #nightlights #carslights #view #trip #lonelytrip #tourism #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #photographer #photography #photographereyes #march2015
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Jakarta is on track to hit the 10 million mark in terms of population, which helps explain its hectic roadways. A spike in motorbike sales (inexpensive, easier to maneuver through traffic) is also adding to traffic woes-by 2020 the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) estimates a staggering 66 million bikes will use city roads compared to just 14 million in 2018.
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Hanoi, Vietnam
Streets in the Vietnamese capital are chaotic and intense. Cars will crawl along while endless motorbikes weave in and out of traffic.
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San Francisco, California
Major cities that use bridges as arteries in and out of the core can create endless disruptions. If you need to cross a waterway, like in San Francisco, prepare to wait.
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Berlin, Germany
Ask any German native and they'll tell you that using the country's intricate train system is far more efficient than getting behind the wheel of a car. Still, millions do it, which creates scenes like this in Berlin and beyond.
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Toronto, Ontario
There's a short-lived window on the weekends and in the middle of the night during weekdays when the Gardiner in Toronto isn't bumper to bumper, but much of the time it looks something like this.
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TIME FLOWS
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Palembang, Indonesia
Add Malaysia's Ampera Bridge to the list of bridges you'll likely wind up stuck on. Traffic is bad, always, but views from above the madness are hard to beat.
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Suasana senja menjelang malam dari atas jembatan Ampera, Palembang. Terlihat juga gedung tertinggi kota ini di kejauhan dan lalulintas jembatan Ampera yang cukup padat menjelang malam hari Photo by @yuyungabdi #palembang #LRT #LRTpalembang #ampera #traffic #bridge #lalulintas #amperabridge #jembatanampera #musi #sungaimusi #musiriver #photography #senja #sunset #afternoon #cityscape #palembangcity
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Manila, Philippines
Visiting Manila? It's probably best to walk or your day will look like this.
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Wow, Manila traffic is rough. I ventured 3.5 miles from where I was staying and warned to be in a taxi home no later than 4:00 p.m. I headed to a nearby mall to wait in their taxi line until I realized there were easily 100 people already there and no taxis in sight. Instead I walked home and probably arrived faster than if I was in a car. On the upside, the two hour journey was a great way to see the city. . . . . . #Philippines #Wanderlust #Traveler #travel #sabbaticalday77 #solotraveler #backpacker #solofemaletraveler #femaletraveler #lizionlocation #asianadventures #southeastasia #asia #Manila #InternationalTravel #rushhour #traffic #mostdenselypopulatedcity #people #cityplanning #needmorepublictransit #malls #mallculture #somanymalls #walk
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J
ounieh, Lebanon
Jounieh, Lebanon certainly doesn't have the worst traffic in the world, but the city's Highway 51 experiences congestion at peak hours like most major cities with commuters heading in and out of Beirut.
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Lebanon's Highway 51 in Jounieh today, and taken from the cable car on our way up to the Our Lady of Harissa statue. A really calm and scenic ride with the acrophobic @sandlady_ in our 2 person cable car…. Interesting fact: The cable length is nearly a mile and climbs to an altitude of 500m in a calming 9 minute ride…. #ourladyofharissa #jounieh #lebanon #traffic #heights #cityscape #cablecar #teleferique
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