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Old March 8th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #9761
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Do people actually eat all that?! Even if you take it home! Jeezuus, look at that giant éclair thing...
I eat 10 bites and take the rest home....alot ppl do....leftovers can last a week...
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Old March 9th, 2011, 02:55 PM   #9762
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Parking style of the 50's.

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Old March 10th, 2011, 04:23 AM   #9763
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Didn't know we also had bicycle roundabouts.


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Old March 10th, 2011, 08:17 PM   #9764
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Old March 10th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #9765
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Have you seen Mission Impossible III?

Tom Cruise's character has a cover being a traffic engineer at the DOT. He states something like: "if you tap the brake, you can literally follow its track along a 200-mile stretch of freeway".
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Old March 10th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #9766
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I didn't know that. But it's true.

Today I was involved in a quite large traffic jam and the problem was simple: two lanes, right one goes right, left one goes left; right lane full of vehicles in a long queue, left one almost empty, but many people went on the left lane and exactly before the lanes separated they were merging in the right one.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:24 PM   #9767
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This is something I see every day in Germany, this gets me mad all the time. I never saw anything like that in Italy (but that's probably the only thing wer're better than German people when it comes to driving)
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Old March 11th, 2011, 12:25 AM   #9768
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This is something I see every day in Germany, this gets me mad all the time.
Zipper merge. I always stay on the lane, which closes.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 07:55 PM   #9769
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The road which comes from Tallinn centre towards where I live also has 2x2 lanes which then becomes 1x1(left lane goes straight, right lane turns right). What really annoys me is that everybody takes the left lane already several km-s before the merge. So if it's rush hour and I stick to the right lane and merge later, everybody thinks I'm an arse by doing so. But what people don't understand is that by sticking to the left lane they actually might cause a traffic jam since it takes longer for 1 lane of traffic to clear the traffic lights situated before the merge than it takes for 2 lanes of traffic.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:05 PM   #9770
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If this is true, then it's the biggest WIN + FAIL at the same time ever:

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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #9771
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It was quite a boring job though. I think they will find him.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:36 PM   #9772
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I've read that story before. I'm not sure if it is a hoax.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #9773
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Not if he's in a country with no extradition policy with the UK.
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That was some crazy-ass earthquake in Japan. They say that even the Ljubljana Basin moved a little because of it.
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The earthquake was felt even in Beijing, 2500 km away from Tokyo.
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I lol'd when I read their solution was bus lanes to get buses out of the way rather than bus lanes to encourage more people to use buses! The bus lane on the Sydney Harbour Bridge carries more people than the other 7 lanes combined: 14,100 people per hour for the one bus lane, 1,800 people per hour per lane for regular traffic lanes, in morning peak.

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I lol'd when I read their solution was bus lanes to get buses out of the way rather than bus lanes to encourage more people to use buses! The bus lane on the Sydney Harbour Bridge carries more people than the other 7 lanes combined: 14,100 people per hour for the one bus lane, 1,800 people per hour per lane for regular traffic lanes, in morning peak.

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I really doubt that a 7-lane motorway can carry only 1800 people/hour. If you multiply 1800 with 24 hours you get 43200 people/day, which is the AADT of a normal 2x2 motorway. And also consider that in every car might be more than one single person.
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The bus lane on the Sydney Harbour Bridge carries more people than the other 7 lanes combined: 14,100 people per hour for the one bus lane, 1,800 people per hour per lane for regular traffic lanes, in morning peak.
Uhm, no. The average occupancy rate of a motor vehicle in an urban area is 1.3 people. This would mean that on Sydney's harbour bridge, the amount of vehicles per lane is around 1370 vehicles per hour per lane. This is in reality approximately 65% higher; closer to 2200 vehicles per hour per lane. Not completely free-flow, but it's possible. 2200 vehicles per hour = 2860 people per hour * 7 lanes = 20,000. That means these figures are almost 50% off.

Many people compare the amount of people carried in public transport directly with the amount of motor vehicles on a roadway. This is simply apples and oranges.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 10:19 AM   #9779
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He said 1800 people per lane. But even considering more cars per lane and more passenger per car, public transport remains more efficient.

2000 cars/hour * an average of 1,3 people per car * 7 lanes = 18200 people per hour on seven lanes versus 14100 on one lane

Around the same capacity on one seventh of the space (and railways are even better).
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The increased efficiency is only interesting if you know the relation between public transport and road usage. For example, it is likely that most of those 14,000 bus travelers would not have otherwise used their cars to commute into the CBD. Hence, traffic is not reduced as much to justify the loss of one lane and congestion may actually be worse despite the higher capacity of public transport.

It's also a common misconception to think that 1 public transport traveler = 1 less car on the road, or worse, 1% more public transport usage is 1% less traffic.
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