Friday, December 24, 2010

Berkeley Drivers

People here shop like they drive, I noted, while braving the Christmas Eve crush at Andronico's on Shattuck. If I drive to the North Berkeley BART station on weekday mornings anytime past 7:30, I invariably encounter people either not signaling at all or signaling just as the light changes, so there's no possibility of maneuvering around them. Another bad habit is to remain waiting in place in a crowded intersection (like Cedar and Sacramento) rather than moving forward, so the cars behind have no chance to make the light. Slowing down while approaching a green light only to speed through as it changes is also prevalent, along with maintaining a consistent 15-mph pace, usually after pulling out right in front of another car.

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