Friday, October 10, 2008
An Open Letter to the City of Boston
Although I mostly enjoyed my recent visit, I couldn't help but notice that some of your residents seem confused on a basic point. Allow me to clarify.
The middle lane is not for parking.
We referred to it as "Bulgarian Parking."
Personally, I find the whole opening up of the breakdown lane for travel during rush hour more problematic. :)
And I thought that drivers are crazy in Europe. I once nearly got hit by a bus as I cross a city street; it was parked thirty feet away when I stepped off the curb.
But then my wife and I went to her home city, New Delhi, India. My favorite sighting was an entire family of four on a motorcycle speeding down the wrong side of the highway. They were taking some precautions: The father was wearing their only crash helmet. Now I know why absolutely nothing my wife sees on an American road fazes her.
Until NM, I'd never seen a "do not drive on the shoulder" sign except around overcrowded freeway exits where you'd be insane to stop in the main traffic lane. So you see people lined up for an exit on the shoulder, under the "don't do that" signs. But in NM you see them on rural 2-lane roads. Coincidentally, until NM I'd never seen anyone pull onto the shoulder doing 65 to let you pass without having to cross the centerline.
Did I mention that they also seem to have the best paved shoulders anywhere in the US?