Here’s the set up: I want a cheap katsudon rice bowl for dinner so I steer myself to Mitsuwa Market on Saratoga Avenue at Moorpark. I stopped in the left of two lanes on Moorpark waiting for oncoming traffic to clear so I can make a left turn. My path is the blue line, I stop at the red horizontal line and my intended route is the red arrow.
I spy a gap in traffic about five cars ahead, prepare myself to go and a guy driving a white minivan STOPS AND WAVES ME ACROSS. I try not to get too mad at these drivers because they’re just trying to be nice, but remember that line of four more cars behind Mr Minivan? They either lurch to a stop, or they swerve right to pass this guy in the right lane. Of course I refuse to go and signal the
idiot overly courteous driver to please get out of my way. In the meantime, another platoon of cars approaches and I’ve missed my opportunity because Mr Courtesy has completely messed up my timing.
What do we call this situation? I’ve heard it called a “suicide wave,” because it can be suicide to accept the courtesy only to be clobbered by traffic in the next lane over. And it seems to be happening more and more often, especially in busy traffic situations where we want everybody to be PREDICTABLE thankyouverymuch.
I eventually make it over, of course, and I discover the food court restaurant has raised their prices so their katsudon isn’t so cheap anymore!
Moorpark Road Diet update
San Jose DOT is moving forward on a road diet for this portion of Moorpark Avenue. The four-three lane reduction project has the support of the businesses, residents, and school officials along Moorpark and adjacent roads between Saratoga Avenue and Lawrence Expressway. The four lanes beginning right about where my red arrow starts will be replaced with three lanes (including a center turn lane) and buffered bike lanes on either side of the street.
This stretch of Moorpark has four schools with student drop-off/pickup traffic that compete for space twice a day during the school year. SJ DOT analysis shows Moorpark has an unusually high number of traffic collisions, including a number of car-vs-house “accidents,” and traffic here has been clocked as high as 77 MPH on this residential street posted for 35 MPH. The San Jose council member who represents this district, Chappie Jones, asked DOT for this road diet after hearing from residents about their traffic safety concerns. Jones’ predecessor on the City Council blocked previous efforts to improve traffic safety on Moorpark.
This road diet project will begin later this summer should be complete by November 2015.