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Closed lane etiquette on Cotter Road

By longshanks - 16 February 2012 29

Cotter Road currently has a lane closed each way on the stretch between the Parkway flyover and the Streeton Drive traffic lights. As you can imagine, between 8am and 9am this causes all sorts of joy for commuters, as three lanes (two on Streeton, one on Cotter Road) become one.

Most people seem to move into the left hand lane well ahead of time, knowing that the right hand lane is closed just before the RSPCA. However, this frees up the right hand lane, and you then have two different types of driver: the first overtakes half the cars in the left lane, sticks his/her indicator on, and merges 60 metres or so before the lane ends, whereas the second overtakes everyone, and forces his/her way in just before the lane ends.

This morning I was wondering what the proper etiquette is. Is there any reason not to make full use of an empty lane? Surely the most efficient way is for both lanes to be full of cars right up to the point of closure, and then merge alternately?

What’s Your opinion?


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Closed lane etiquette on Cotter Road
screaming banshee 8:30 pm 16 Feb 12

Use all available lanes up until the point of the merge…end of story.

It would be different if it were at the intersection where the monaro, meets morshead and pialligo where people dart up the middle lane then push into the left lane, but where two lanes merge into one use them both right until the end.

Solidarity 2:57 pm 16 Feb 12

Wait, are you getting huffy because people are using a traffic lane avaliable to them?

As in, huffy because people are driving completely within the law?

Woah….

Deref 2:40 pm 16 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

The ones using the lane to overtake the line of traffic are too important to have to wait like everyone else. They’re also way cleverer than the poor sheep stuck in the long line. As a bonus, when they push their way back into the line, the cars behind have to slow and brake to let them in. Repeat for each smart/important person.

Yep. I bet they spent $500,000 on their houses, too!

switch 1:57 pm 16 Feb 12

GBT said :

But hey, it’s not like this is a new topic on RiotACT.

Why use one lane when you can use two!

GBT 1:46 pm 16 Feb 12

You will never convince some people that they shouldn’t push in right at the end. They figure because it’s not illegal then hey, it must be the right thing to do.

It is undeniable that it takes longer for two lanes of traffic to merge at the chokepoint than for one lane to just drive on straight through.

The only person that it is more efficient for to drive up to the choke point then force their way back in is the person doing it, end of story.

But hey, it’s not like this is a new topic on RiotACT.

dpm 1:45 pm 16 Feb 12

sepi said :

One line of traffic driving smoothly is faster than a messy/rough merge with people braking to let others in.

Yeah, it’s a tricky area really. You would think if everyone knew that they would be forced into 1 lane up the road, then by merging at 60kmh and driving thru the ‘bottleneck’ at that speed you would have a faster journey.Unfortunately, the variation in human nuture (plus add in those that didn’t know you ahd to merge till they got there) means we are stuck with an overly slow bottleneck where people seemingly try to barge in, whilst others who have been waiting fight back, thus making it slower and more frustrating for everyone – with both sides blaming the other! Hahahaha! Can’t see this issue changing anytime soon…
They just need to make the WHOLE of Streeton drive one lane (from Hindmarsh lights) for the duration of the roadworks, then everyone is forced into option A! Hahahaha! 🙂

HenryBG 1:26 pm 16 Feb 12

sepi said :

One line of traffic driving smoothly is faster than a messy/rough merge with people braking to let others in.

Presumably this “messy/rough” stuff you’re talking about is in reference to StormBoy’s illegal antics at the merge point?

Driver training.

sepi 1:14 pm 16 Feb 12

One line of traffic driving smoothly is faster than a messy/rough merge with people braking to let others in.

HenryBG 1:06 pm 16 Feb 12

Holden Caulfield said :

“Surely the most efficient way is for both lanes to be full of cars right up to the point of closure, and then merge alternately?”

You would think so. At the very least it would stop the so-called “queue jumpers” but apparently the majority of road users either can’t merge or are afraid of doing so.

There’s two lanes there, to the merge point, which are open to all road users. The answer is pretty clear to me.

Yes, it is clear. If you prefer to vegetate in a quasi-stationary line of traffic and you choose to ignore the clear, free, open lane on your right, and then you choose to drive aggressively, dangerously, and/or furiously to prevent the users of that open right lane from merging at the merge point, then it is *you*, Stormboy, who are in the wrong. Very much so.

It’s about time the police stopped obsessing on speeders and drink-drivers and pulled over a few tailgators and idiots who can’t merge.

Just try Mugga Lane – you should be able to pull over a whole queue of 6 cars all driving dangerously close to each other in no time flat.

KaptnKaos 12:52 pm 16 Feb 12

Efficient, etiquette and merge – these words are not known to Canberra drivers. All Canberra drivers care about is getting from A to B in the shortest time possible and to hell with what happens inbetween.
It’s not their fault, it’s instinct and the actgovco which makes them the way they are – for instance, if actgovco were serious about speed cameras, there would be one on each side of the road at schools, not plonked in the middle of a parkway “to reduce accidents”.

Mysteryman 12:49 pm 16 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

The ones using the lane to overtake the line of traffic are too important to have to wait like everyone else. They’re also way cleverer than the poor sheep stuck in the long line. As a bonus, when they push their way back into the line, the cars behind have to slow and brake to let them in. Repeat for each smart/important person.

I don’t see the point in forcing everyone to merge early. It makes more sense to use both lanes, up the merging point, as you can fit more cars in. If people actually used the road available to them then there wouldn’t be any issue.

dungfungus 12:17 pm 16 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

The ones using the lane to overtake the line of traffic are too important to have to wait like everyone else. They’re also way cleverer than the poor sheep stuck in the long line. As a bonus, when they push their way back into the line, the cars behind have to slow and brake to let them in. Repeat for each smart/important person.

It’s nice to be important but it is important to be nice.

EvanJames 12:00 pm 16 Feb 12

The ones using the lane to overtake the line of traffic are too important to have to wait like everyone else. They’re also way cleverer than the poor sheep stuck in the long line. As a bonus, when they push their way back into the line, the cars behind have to slow and brake to let them in. Repeat for each smart/important person.

Holden Caulfield 11:56 am 16 Feb 12

“Surely the most efficient way is for both lanes to be full of cars right up to the point of closure, and then merge alternately?”

You would think so. At the very least it would stop the so-called “queue jumpers” but apparently the majority of road users either can’t merge or are afraid of doing so.

There’s two lanes there, to the merge point, which are open to all road users. The answer is pretty clear to me.

stormboy 11:54 am 16 Feb 12

I feel your pain longshanks. Went through there this morning for the first time in a long time and it is exactly as you describe. Those that slip up the right lane and merge at the last moment are taking advantage of the more considerate motorists. The vehicle types are very predictable (you know who you/they are). Muppets like these get no opportunity to merge/push in front of me and are greeted with a smile and a finger.

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