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The Caldecott Tunnel: Birth canal to a new coinage

By queen
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 1:14 pm in Misc. Transportation.

 

When you think about it, how appropriate: The Caldecott Tunnel, with its maddening backup and attendant Stupid Vehicle Tricks by drivers trying to avoid it, has occasioned the birth of a new traffic term, to wit: Sidezoomers.

Of course, most of you already know about UC Berkeley Professor Cynthia Gorney’s New York Times article in which she used the term to describe people who stay in the two left-hand lanes of Highway 24 approaching the tunnel until they close, then merge back into traffic to enter the tunnel. The piece is now appearing in  Diablo Magazine‘s May edition.

One school of thought holds that sidezoomers alleviate the backup because they are occupying lanes of traffic that otherwise would be empty. Another holds that they cause worse problems by slowing down traffic when they merge in. What do you think?

(Photo: allaboutgeorge on flickr.)

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