Friday, February 21, 2020

Quiz solutions

The Christmas gift posted from Japan on 30th of November was delivered to us on the 5th of January. We thought our Friend in Japan hated us as not even a Christmas card (just kidding). While Japan can be bureaucratic, it is also normally efficient with public services. Somehow I don't think Japan's postal service is to blame. Nice work, Australia Post.

Now to the more complicated question and something that terrifies country, outer suburban, interstate and foreign drivers. Within the City of Melbourne and along Clarendon Street, South Melbourne to allow cars to turn right where the roads are shared with trams, cars must be in the left lane, proceed into the intersection and wait at the marked stop line. When the facing lights turn red, drivers can then turn right once the green is displayed in the street they are turning into is showing.

While the system has been in place in the city for as long as I can remember, in recent times these additional lights as shown yesterday have been added in many places to help drivers know when to turn. Where they are not installed, some drivers become impatient and toot the driver in front of them if they don't start to turn when the facing light turns amber.

Of course with people breaching road rule #128 and blocking intersections by entering them even if the traffic is banked up ahead and they end up stuck in the middle, the whole system falls apart.

Now, I will put my brain to great stress and see if I can translate this for you who drive on the wrong side of road.

You need to be in the right lane to turn left. Enter the intersection and wait for the facing lights to turn red, then complete your turn left......I think. It is hard for me to visualise.

Maybe this short Vicroads Youtube clip helps to explain how it works here. The road with few cars and no congestion depicted in the video is nothing like the reality of Melbourne streets where you will encounter hook turns.

26 comments:

  1. I can well imagine that in 'normal' traffic that could be a challenging turn.
    Thanks for the video.

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    1. EC, not as bad as you may think.

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  2. Sweet Jeebus my brain just exploded.

    XO
    WWW

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  3. What could possibly go wrong?

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    1. A car going straight ahead on the amber if the car turning has started to turn. Bang.

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  4. I can't even get my head around this!

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    1. Jackie, you didn't notice the turns when you were here?

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  5. It just seems wrong to be in the left lane to turn right, very confusing.

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    1. Terra, which is why is terrifies people. If our dangerous animals don't get you, maybe Melbourne's hook turns will.

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  6. Can understand the video well, but don't like that idea at all as it looks rather dangerous. one would think it would be much better and safer to have go up on the right hand lane then turn right when the green arrow says so..

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    1. That would block the right hand lane for through traffic and the left lane is usually blocked by left turning cars waiting for pedestrians to legally and illegally crossing.

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  7. Anonymous2:52 pm

    "We thought our Friend in Japan hated us as not even a Christmas card (just kidding)." You don't know the half of it! (Now I'm kidding.) Bunyip

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  8. If I every visit your area, I will let someone else drive.

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  9. That video looked totally wrong to me; in fact I would call it dangerous. If you want to turn right, you should be in the right lane; then those wishing to go straight on would remain in the left lane. No?

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    1. That makes much more sense.

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    2. Cro, see my response to Margaret above as to why that wouldn't work and if cars turned right without red and green arrows to control them, they would be constantly blocking trams.

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  10. Oh. Possibly I might have known that if I was a driver and if I lived in Melbourne. Apart from that, Oh is all I can say.

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    1. Most Melbourne people know about the turns. I overheard a conversation on a tram by someone who drove a considerable longer distance to avoid making such a turn.

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  11. Whaaaaat! Not driving in Melbourne Andrew, mind you that has nothing to do with the sign.. I'm a Perth or smaller city driver 😊

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    1. Yes, they are rather different beasts.

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  12. YIKES! What a headache to have to deal with. I'm with Dora, and need to get a chauffeur if I ever visit.(lol)

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    1. Catch a free tram in the city RO.

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  13. I need something simpler to explain all that. Stick figures maybe.

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