Roadshow: Blocked intersections, and the prudent drivers who draw rage

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Robert F. Bukaty / AP Gridlocked traffic in the central business district of Beijing. Q I commute to San Francisco and the biggest contributor to traffic congestion, other than just too many cars trying to leave at once, seems to be people blocking the box at every single intersection between Market Street and the Bay Bridge. It's worst ... Read More→

Roadshow: EV charging woes draw limited sympathy

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JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO The electric charging station at city hall in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Q I want to inform you about the terrible ordeal in trying to charge an electric car while away from home. I have a new Honda Fit EV and went to Santana Row thinking I could easily charge my car while eating lunch. Surprise! Before I could operate ... Read More→

Roadshow: 3-foot passing rule is aimed at drivers, not bicyclists

Q The new law requires motorists to stay 3 feet away from bikes, but does the law also require cyclists to stay 3 feet away from cars?The other day I stopped for a red light. Even though there was a bike lane, a man on a bike stopped only a few inches from my car. He was clearly way out of the bike lane. If cyclists cannot be ticketed for ... Read More→

Roadshow: Confronted over using parking for the disabled

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Bay Area News GroupHandicapped parking at a Santa Clara motel. Q What is your advice when we see people parking in handicapped spaces who truly are not handicapped?Michael RoanhausCupertinoA How would you know? People can be disabled and appear healthy. Read on.Q I've written before about being confronted by strangers when parking. I have ... Read More→

Roadshow: 3-foot passing rule is aimed at drivers, not bicyclists

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Mercury News archive Cyclists in the town of Woodside. Q The new law requires motorists to stay three feet away from bikes, but does the law also requires cyclists to stay three feet away from cars?The other day I stopped for a red light. Even though there was a bike lane, a man on a bike stopped only a few inches from my car. He was ... Read More→

Roadshow: Would El Camino Real changes 'make lives miserable'?

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Q My blood boiled when I heard about the plan to run VTA Express buses on dedicated lanes on El Camino Real. If there is a public outcry by residents living along El Camino for such a service, I'm not aware of it. Neither am I aware of such clamor by everyday drivers of this road either. And I am both.Is it because VTA has such huge ... Read More→

Roadshow: It's illegal to cross double white lines

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Bay Area News GroupThe express toll lane on eastbound Hwy 237 at Zanker Road in San Jose, Calif., 2012. Q Why does Caltrans use double white lines to separate carpool lanes from regular lanes in Northern California, and double yellow lines in Southern California? It seems to make more sense not to cross a double yellow? White clearly ... Read More→

Roadshow: Story behind truck ban on I-580

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Bay Area News Group Trucks on I-880 northbound in Oakland, Calif.Q I've always wondered why big rigs are not allowed on Interstate 580 through Oakland. After all, wouldn't allowing these trucks on 580 not only alleviate some of the wear and tear on 880, but also ease traffic? Seems people who travel on 880 get the short end of the stick ... Read More→

Roadshow: Rules on turning on headlights

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Bay Area News GroupLate afternoon in January, Oakland. Q My son has an early morning class that dismisses at 6:45 a.m. As I drive to pick up his carpool, I am always amazed at how many drivers fail to have their lights on (about 1 of 5 cars on the road). At 6:20-6:40 there's hardly enough light to see the road, yet I see cars without ... Read More→

Roadshow: Why motorcycle crashes often lead traffic reports

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Aftermath of a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 880 in Fremont, 2008. (Anda Chu/The Argus) Q Mr. Roadshow: I listen to traffic reports most mornings, and recently began to wonder why motorcycles are so often involved in accidents reported throughout the Bay Area. I checked online as to what percent motorcycles represent of all ... Read More→