greg wrote:...the left lane merging on-ramp design downtown is the best example of poor city planning. I wonder if they track how many fatalities it's caused. They should be teaching about it in some sort of public planning school.
I've been using those to leave the Lake / Halsted area for 22 years. At the top of the ramp, I floor it. By the time I reach the end of the ramp, I'm going faster than anyone would possibly be going in the left lane that I'm merging into. I've never, ever come close to merging in front of someone going faster than me. That's how you stay accident-free on those ramps. Things like that are the reason why I drive a car with insane acceleration and excellent brakes / handling. Yeah, sure, your 1980 Monte Carlo might be "sweet", but I bet there's like, 6" of play in the steering wheel before the thing actually fucking turns and it probably takes you 100 feet more to come to a complete stop from 80 than it does for me to. I guarantee you that every accident caused at one of those ramps is by the people that come to a complete stop at the end, sit there waiting for what they think is an opening, merge out and then get rear-ended by someone doing 75 in the left lane they're merging in to, or by someone merging in to the left lane behind a dude doing 0-60 in 12 seconds after deciding it's safe to merge onto the highway. People who do not know how to fucking match the speed of the cars on the road they're trying to get on should be ticketed. So fucking annoying and often the cause of traffic jams.
People sometimes ask me, "Why do you have a fast car when you live in Chicago?". It's because cars that are built to go fast are also built to maneuver and stop amazingly well. From now on, I'll just tell them to ask noise&light about the accident I avoided in Austin (which was due to the Brembo brakes on my car).