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Old 03-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #1276
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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?
There is a yield sign around here that is THE worst part of my drive home. Merging traffic from I-77 south and north, going to 224 west.

Traffic southbound has a yield sign, right after a blind corner. Ramp is easily negotiable in a car at 65 mph. So, you get cars rounding the corner at 65, merging into traffic at a SLOWER speed, which has the right of way according to the sign. The ramp from northbound I-77 is more like 45 mph, on a good day. Fairly tight and bumpy as shit.

It's a cluster fuck. The faster traffic sees the yield sign, slams on the brakes to let the slow traffic by. Or you get some asshole that knows you have the yield and wants to race you to the end of the merge area.

I've seen WAY too many rear enders on that ramp, I flat out refuse to stop on that ramp if i'm riding. I'll pass a stopped car on the shoulder if i have to, Its not that fucking hard to merge, retards.

What makes matters worse is that ODOT didn't feel the need to paint dotted white lines denoting two lanes, even though the merge area is a good 1/8th mile long and can accommodate 2 cars wide for a good distance.

So many nights i've wanted to show up to that ramp with a sawzall and cut that goddamn yield sign down.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:36 PM   #1277
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There is a yield sign around here that is THE worst part of my drive home. Merging traffic from I-77 south and north, going to 224 west.

Traffic southbound has a yield sign, right after a blind corner. Ramp is easily negotiable in a car at 65 mph. So, you get cars rounding the corner at 65, merging into traffic at a SLOWER speed, which has the right of way according to the sign. The ramp from northbound I-77 is more like 45 mph, on a good day. Fairly tight and bumpy as shit.

It's a cluster fuck. The faster traffic sees the yield sign, slams on the brakes to let the slow traffic by. Or you get some asshole that knows you have the yield and wants to race you to the end of the merge area.

I've seen WAY too many rear enders on that ramp, I flat out refuse to stop on that ramp if i'm riding. I'll pass a stopped car on the shoulder if i have to, Its not that fucking hard to merge, retards.

What makes matters worse is that ODOT didn't feel the need to paint dotted white lines denoting two lanes, even though the merge area is a good 1/8th mile long and can accommodate 2 cars wide for a good distance.

So many nights i've wanted to show up to that ramp with a sawzall and cut that goddamn yield sign down.
Looks like they make the southbound traffic yield so that traffic doesn't back up in the left lane of 77 northbound (since it's a left lane exit). It's still a poor highway system. I hate traveling through Akron, half the time I'm lost.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:20 PM   #1278
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OK, your turn. Any road rage, folly, humorous stories about your daily commute? Share away.



 
 
 
Here in so cal the speed limit on the freeways is usually 65 mph but you'll be hard pressed to find anyone going slower than 75 mph if there is no traffic and its common to see 85/90 mph from sport cars to mini vans to old rickety cars that shouldn't be able to go that fast.

So I'm chugging along with my girl on the back keeping just faster than traffic and in the carpool lane like normal. Along comes a cager and he apparently thinks I'm going to slow cause he starts tailgating. I'm not sure why but around here tailgating isn't from not paying attention but to persuade the person ahead to go faster. So I do what I usually do, I gun it for a few car lengths to put some space between us and go back to my cruising speed. The car doesn't gun it but he does pull up close again. Since it's dark it would be kinda useless to give him a stink eye or wave, which also often seems to work.
While I'm focused on the road for a moment my girl asks me, "Did that idiot just flashed his headlights at us?" (we have intercoms)
That gets my attention and I keep a close eye on my mirror and sure enough he does it again, mind you I'm already going faster than traffic, and there is no way I'm speeding up for this loser, he can wait til we get to an opening and he can go around. But he doesn't go around when it opens up, so I try to persuade him as he's flashed his lights a couple ore times. I release the throttle a bit and drop down to the speed limit, keeping a close eye on him ready to pull away if he does something stupid.
By this time I'm getting really sick of him, so when he does finally get over to go around I gun it as I'd started keeping pace with a car next to me he was forced to get over 2 lanes and then got stuck behind someone else. My girl & I have a good laugh about that, and when we finally get off the freeway the cager passes us and we discover it was the guys driving a prius . I'll admit I haven't seen an overly aggressive prius driver before.

All in all, we get a good laugh from all the idiots on the road. It helps relieve the tension and keeps the rage minimal
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:58 PM   #1279
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Guess you can tell we only visit our friends back on L.I. on the weekends, huh? The ones we see then are off.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:31 PM   #1280
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Okay. This is on the way home from work. Its three lanes but you must exit the right lane before it becomes two. The tractor trailer is in the right lane. I'm in the middle. Nothing in the left lane. The tractor trailer seems to wait a little too long to merge over. There's not really a sign there until about 1000 feet away. But you'll see the driver cross it on the street and still really wait awhile (maybe he saw me coming and decided to wait until I got by, I don't know). Regardless, he signals, I look to me left and don't see any cars approaching and move over to let the driver in. Now see what happens and please let me know what I could have done differently. BTW, the speed limit is 65, I was going 70-72.




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Old 03-28-2013, 06:36 PM   #1281
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You did everything right, the minivan driver should have experienced the sensation of having the back 8 tires of a semi-trailer compressing his roof.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #1282
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You did everything right, the minivan driver should have experienced the sensation of having the back 8 tires of a semi-trailer compressing his roof.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:57 PM   #1283
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I hope you knew that minivan was there and was closing on you. If he had chosen to change lanes to go past you at the same time you changed lanes, it might have been ugly.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:20 AM   #1284
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I commuted on Hwy 50 in Colorado from Cotopaxi to Salida, and then north to Buena Vista. A 75 mile commute one way. Did it for 6 months and on the KLR as often as possible. A truly relaxing beautiful and fun drive. A bit chilly driving home before sunup though.

Summer brought afternoon thunderstorms. I'd very often just look at the clouds and decide if I could thread my way between them on the way to work or be stuck in the cage. One afternoon I chanced it and just outside of Coaldale I found myself approaching a storm. The gust front hit so hard it shifted me completely from the center track to the right shoulder on a two lane road. That's about the worst I've experienced while commuting on a bike. If you haven't made that drive, you should

That KLR was a SLAVE to any crosswind.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:25 AM   #1285
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Hello all, this is my first post.

I work construction and my commute takes me along 35 miles of coastal highway, followed by another 5 to 15 miles to some site in Anchorage. The time that I am heading in varies depending on the job location and amount of daylight. When arriving into Anchorage, I try to fit into traffic as it builds, and travel a bit over the limit and keep some distance from other vehicles.
A number of times I had noticed a black Escalade with a rather distinctive driver coming down an on ramp and immediately diving into the left lane. If someone was there, they were cut off. If no one was in the right lane, she still took the left, where she stayed. When she reached her exit, she would dive for it at the last moment, cutting off anyone who might be on her right. As I said, I'd seen this pattern often enough recognize the car and driver.
One morning while cruising in a few miles over the limit in the right lane with no one around me, I saw her coming up on my left while we neared her exit. Watching her in my mirrors, I saw her speeding up to get ahead of me instead of just dropping into the empty right lane and taking her exit at her current pace. Not wanting to have my nose cut off, I matched her speed while keeping watch on her. She stayed in the left lane until we went past her exit! I was watching her in my mirrors and she was looking all around as she realized what she had done, before slowing down and taking the next exit a half mile further down.
I laughed and laughed and laughed!
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:42 AM   #1286
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I hope you knew that minivan was there and was closing on you. If he had chosen to change lanes to go past you at the same time you changed lanes, it might have been ugly.
Didn't know it was there. It wasn't in the left lane when I checked to move over. And it wasn't behnd me. My guess is that it was speeding up in the right lane and then moved to center.

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:43 AM   #1287
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My biggest pet peeve with people and merging is by people coming onto the highway from a ramp. They have a half mile of run up room and they try to merge into 80 mph traffic going 40 MPH. IMO that should be ticketable as it creates a traffic hazard.
Believe it or not, that's the way we HAVE to do it in Italy: speed limit on highway ramps is 40 km/h
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:20 AM   #1288
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You mean that's enforced?!?! There is a limit here in the US too, but I've never seen it enforced. As long as you are under (or near ) the limit at the bottom of the ramp and the top you are usually good-to-go.

Catching an empty ramp on my otherwise ho-hum daily commute is usually the highlight of my day!
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:26 AM   #1289
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I've read in some places that yellow signs before corners and freeway ramps are just suggestions, and the white line is still the limit. True or false?
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:57 AM   #1290
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Well... that's the way we should do it
Every ramp has the speed limit sign at the beginning, so if there's a mobile speed check you're screwed.
Never seen or heard it happen, but you never know...
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