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Old 03-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #1261
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It's all good. I definately didn't think the the guy was trying to kill me and you guys are correct that he has the right of way and I have to adjust accordingly (there is a yield sign there). And on a scale of 1 to 10 it is a 2. Just think it would have been easier to just move over (common courtesy maybe?). Which I stated earlier that cars not sliding over when there is no traffic is a peeve of mine. Hey, the KLR has a little more pick-up than I thought. The speed limit is 65 there. Appreciate the comments and opinions.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:25 AM   #1262
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Okay. This is what I was talking about. Please tell me if I'm in the wrong. Notice no cars at all in the left lane. The guy just didn't want to move over. And it appears that he speeds up as I was approaching. Notice him applying the brakes there? My only guess is he was driving below the speed limit and felt it would be easier to just do this instead of moving to the left. I don't know. Now that I got a youtube account set up. I'll try to post some of my more closer calls I've had on my daily commute.


That's IT?

That's IT ... Really?

You should try riding in Louisiana
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:52 AM   #1263
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It's all good. I definately didn't think the the guy was trying to kill me and you guys are correct that he has the right of way and I have to adjust accordingly (there is a yield sign there). And on a scale of 1 to 10 it is a 2. Just think it would have been easier to just move over (common courtesy maybe?). Which I stated earlier that cars not sliding over when there is no traffic is a peeve of mine. Hey, the KLR has a little more pick-up than I thought. The speed limit is 65 there. Appreciate the comments and opinions.
Wonder whose bright idea it was to put a yield sign at the bottom of an on-ramp? Around here, there's usually a merge sign at the top.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:56 AM   #1264
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I have short merge lane onto the two lane interstate on my daily commute to work. ... I had to slow down to merge behind him. But this is a pet peeve of mine.
If something like this has you riding past the driver giving him a WTF? look then YOU are doing it wrong.

I am so damn happy when I am riding I leave my pet peeves behind.

Seriously, things like that are what helps to make riding fun and engaging.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:26 AM   #1265
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Wonder whose bright idea it was to put a yield sign at the bottom of an on-ramp? Around here, there's usually a merge sign at the top.
At least it's not a stoplight.

We used to have those on Central Expressway in Dallas. The ramps were already too damned short, so in their infinite wisdom, they decided to "meter" the traffic onto the expressway to control congestion.

I'm not in favor of running red lights, except in exceptional circumstances, but I (along with most everyone else) ran those damned things every single day.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:29 AM   #1266
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At least it's not a stoplight.

We used to have those on Central Expressway in Dallas. The ramps were already too damned short, so in their infinite wisdom, they decided to "meter" the traffic onto the expressway to control congestion.

I'm not in favor of running red lights, except in exceptional circumstances, but I (along with most everyone else) ran those damned things every single day.
I don't remember seeing those. Were they a short lived experiment, or did I just blow through them not even realizing they were there?
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:52 AM   #1267
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If something like this has you riding past the driver giving him a WTF? look then YOU are doing it wrong.

I am so damn happy when I am riding I leave my pet peeves behind.

Seriously, things like that are what helps to make riding fun and engaging.

I agree.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:11 AM   #1268
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At least it's not a stoplight.

We used to have those on Central Expressway in Dallas. The ramps were already too damned short, so in their infinite wisdom, they decided to "meter" the traffic onto the expressway to control congestion.

I'm not in favor of running red lights, except in exceptional circumstances, but I (along with most everyone else) ran those damned things every single day.
Here's one near where I used to live. This is the Rich St ramp to 315 North in Columbus, OH. The ramp is short enough that even when it's not being metered you have to gun it to get up to merging speed (60 mph). I frequently saw cars stopped at the end of the ramp because they didn't have enough speed, or chickened out. When it is metered you have about 266 feet from the traffic light to the merge. It so aggravating....who in their right mind designs this crap?

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:14 AM   #1269
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Long Island, N.Y. on the western section of the Northern State Parkway there are some of those ingenious (more like wtf) stop lights on the entrance ramps.

Haven't been used in years....wonder what that failed project cost.

Even back when they were in use many just ignored them.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:36 AM   #1270
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Long Island, N.Y. on the western section of the Northern State Parkway there are some of those ingenious (more like wtf) stop lights on the entrance ramps.

Haven't been used in years....wonder what that failed project cost.

Even back when they were in use many just ignored them.

THey are still in use as of yesterday...
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:44 AM   #1271
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so you are one of "Those"....the kind that does not grasp where the yield sign is....

it is not the one in the right lanes job to yield to you.

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Okay. This is what I was talking about. Please tell me if I'm in the wrong. Notice no cars at all in the left lane. The guy just didn't want to move over. And it appears that he speeds up as I was approaching. Notice him applying the brakes there? My only guess is he was driving below the speed limit and felt it would be easier to just do this instead of moving to the left. I don't know. Now that I got a youtube account set up. I'll try to post some of my more closer calls I've had on my daily commute.


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Old 03-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #1272
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Clutch that KLR up into a wheelie and show 'em who's BOSS!!!

Just be sure you remembered the cover for your milk crate.

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:52 AM   #1273
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I saw ramp lights in Phoenix, and asked my uncle (who lived there, then) about them. Turns out they were metered - only supposed to let in so many folks during rush conditions to prevent overloading of the freeway. Didn't guarantee you a merge spot, but prevented a line of stopped cars on the ramp (hopefully).

Here's some info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramp_meter

"In 2000, a $650,000 experiment was mandated by the Minnesota State Legislature in response to citizen complaints and the efforts of State Senator Dick Day [3]. The study involved shutting off all 433 ramp meters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for eight weeks to test their effectiveness. The study was conducted by Cambridge Systematics and concluded that when the ramp meters were turned off freeway capacity decreased by 9%, travel times increased by 22%, freeway speeds dropped by 7% and crashes increased by 26%. However, ramp meters remain controversial, and the Minnesota State Department of Transportation has developed new ramp control strategies. Fewer meters are activated during the course of a normal day than prior to the 2000 study, some meters have been removed, timing has been altered so that no driver waits more than four minutes in ramp queue, and vehicles are not allowed to back up onto city streets."
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:11 AM   #1274
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i agree.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:57 AM   #1275
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At least it's not a stoplight.

We used to have those on Central Expressway in Dallas. The ramps were already too damned short, so in their infinite wisdom, they decided to "meter" the traffic onto the expressway to control congestion.

I'm not in favor of running red lights, except in exceptional circumstances, but I (along with most everyone else) ran those damned things every single day.
They've started putting those metering lights here in Baton Rouge. Every time I've encountered them working, there was so little traffic on the interstate it was totally unecessary and merely served to cause everyone merging to be going 20 mph slower because they had to stop 2/3 of the way along the ramp.
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