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November 08, 2004


Yesterday I spent a couple hours promoting Earth Island Journal at the Green Festival, which was not in a particularly transit-friendly location. So I drove there and back. The onramp to I-80 and the Bay Bridge at Fifth and Bryant was packed beyond capacity, which happens often. There's a traffic light just at the onramp, and people were doing their best not to create gridlock, so only two or three cars made it through each light cycle onto the onramp.

So there was a big backup in the "FWY ONLY" lane on Fifth Street. The lane to the left, which was restricted to through street traffic - turns onto the freeway not allowed - was completely clear. It took about fifteen minutes for us to advance the one block from Brannan to Bryant, everyone patiently waiting their turn.

Well, not everybody. In that fifteen minutes, half a dozen cars did pass everyone in line, speeding up the through traffic lane and then making an illegal turn onto the freeway, several finding themselves blocking oncoming traffic as the light changed on them while they were stuck in the intersection.

Considering the fact that we're talking six cars (I counted) out of several hundred, I think that's an admirable reflection on San Franciscans.

Here's the thing: the six cars I counted whose drivers had decided they were too important to wait in line with the rest of us? Each had one of those little Christian fish decals on the back.

The car waiting in front of me had one too, so I'm not making any blanket staements here. I'm just sayin', is all.

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Someday, San Francisco will start enforcing traffic laws. Meanwhile, thanks for the observation. Of course, correlation is not causation :)

Peace, Jarrett

Posted by: Jarrett at November 8, 2004 06:16 PM
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What Would Jesus Drive?

Posted by: the_bone at November 9, 2004 07:11 AM
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And I'm sure they were all little eco-friendly hybrids, right?

Posted by: Siona at November 9, 2004 08:19 AM
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