It has been pointed out to me that this blog has become one dimensional, considering all the topics I intended to cover, so now I’ll throw one out from, as the title says, left field.
When I was a kid, there was no such thing as a left turn lane. I don’t remember when I saw my first one, but I thought it was the smartest and safest thing ever. Later, left turn lights just sent me into fits of ecstasy. Ask my family how much I hate making a left without them. To me, left turn lanes are simply bowing to the realities of heavy traffic.
So, can I make a recommendation for the new realities of ever increasing traffic? Can we make a new rule banning lefts out of parking lots onto heavily trafficked roads, especially near intersections. If you have to cross three lanes to make your left, it should be illegal. Why? Do you really need to ask? I travel several of these massively busy intersections, and I’ve seen so many stupid moves, accidents and close calls. I can’t see why they are still allowing businesses to be placed on corners, seeing how crazy they make intersections. Tim Hortons need their own traffic rules, they are so mad. Is coffee and a doughnut worth a life?
Can we make concessions to reality, and make getting your quarter pounder slightly less convenient, to make that right out of there, and make your left down the road, in one of those nice left turn lanes?