Saturday, January 30, 2010

ENTER 2010

Can anyone explain to me why the left turn unto Ninth Avenue (off 23rd Street) became restricted (at all times) in the past year? My understanding is that this sort of rule makes sense at intersections with exceptionally high volumes of pedestrian traffic, which make it harder to complete a turn, therefore creating a back up of turning vehicles, which in turn create vehicular congestion in general, along the road from which those vehicles are attempting their turn. My argument is that the Chelsea intersection in question does not render such a rule.

Further east, where turns are illegal throughout most of the day at Seventh and Fifth, I support the rule 100%. I also believe that since such traffic law idiosyncrasies require in depth knowledge of alternate routes, the only vehicles that ought to have any business traversing Manhattan are buses, trucks, taxicabs, delivery vans and bicycles. Private joy rides and clueless out-of-town plates would be banned from entering under a Quayobuleqistani mayoral term.

1 comment:

  1. that's a strange one, I don't get it. Only thing I can remember is that the lanes are really narrow west bound there, and when a car waits to make the left that is illegal, it sometimes bottles up both lanes behind it.

    I would like to see painted boxes illustrating to cars that they can wait in the middle of the intersection to make the turn and not behind the crosswalk.

    of course waiting past the cross walk can sometimes insight a ticket, but traffic cops who actually move traffic encourage cars to do it, as it moves everyone along better.

    I also wish they got rid of parking all together, so we could pull over and move through the streets better.