Lanes Granted: Organizing the Freeway/Highway systems in California and the US
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My Mission Statement:
I want to reduce the traffic and time spent in our vehicles, so we can be where we’re going, longer. As much as I believe Lanes Granted will reduce traffic, I also feel that this will reduce social stresses and allowing for a happier and more productive society. So, if I can help get you from point A to B quicker, safer and more efficiently, wouldn't that make driving more enjoyable?
The idea and concept is applicable to both Highway and Freeway systems and is designed to allow for more controlled, efficient and organized travel. This also decreases traffic congestion and rubbernecking. It includes the remarking of lanes with new and more visible colors and installation of visual blockers on concrete and wood post median and includes the removal of all commuter lanes.
The idea and concept of Lanes Granted came to me while driving on a Highway here in the Bay Area. I find that there is a great amount of innovations and technologies created here in the Silicon Valley, yet our roads, Highways and Freeways are atrocious to say the very least. Our government has done very little to ease traffic, in my honest opinion. We have companies like Apple, E-Bay, Facebook, Google, Cisco, Linked In and others who have changed the way we use our phones, internet and computers forever. With this type of intelligence and innovation existing here, why not allow for the bright minds in the Silicon Valley to also make changes in other aspects in our lives. No one enjoys traffic or the “Sunday” driver in the “fast lane” at any given hour. So let’s organize these lanes and here’s how it's going to work.
Each lane will have a set standard of speed that will limit the driver to approximately 5 mph + or - of the lanes designated speed. This will create consistency, reduce stress and road rage.
Entrance and exit lanes, to and from the Highway/Freeway will always be labeled at 55 MPH.
A two-lane Highway will be marked at 55 MPH in lane 2 (right lane) and 65 MPH with a 75 MPH max in lane 1 (left lane). Lane speed in lane 1 will always be the fastest unless this lane is merging with traffic ahead. In which case the lane speed will indicate "Slower Speeds Ahead" on the pavement. This along with "55 MPH AHEAD" will be painted in the lane three times to serve as an alert. The speed reduction rate will be at a rate of 10 MPH until lanes and speeds are brought to a more consistent rate of speed of about 65 MPH.
Highway lanes will gain 10 MPH for every lane left of the 55 MPH lane until a maximum speed of 95 MPH is obtained and where it is safe, reasonable and allowable.
There will be fines for vehicles travel more than or less than 5 MPH over the lane speed.
For our motorcyclists: To date, in California, it is legal for motorcycles to split lanes to pass slower traffic. With Lanes Granted the will a special designated lane marked with lime green stripes in between lanes 1 and 2 only. (See illustration)
These stripes will run along with the white stripes which separate lanes 1 and 2. The lime green stripes will be 18" apart (or 3 ft in total width) from the center of the white lane stripes. (See illustration)
There will be fines for motorcyclists splitting lanes other than between 1 and 2
Part of the purpose of creating this lane is to bring more order, safety and consistency to our Freeway/Highway systems. It will create an “expected and dedicated lane” where a motorcyclist may pass in between vehicles. This will also serve as a lane for our emergency vehicles to access when they need it for quick, organized and efficient access to an emergency.
With Lanes Granted, there will also be an installation; of what I call; Visual Blocking Banners, or VBB's, on all medians, be it concrete, wood posts, plastic materials used for traffic separation. Adding VBB’s will keep drivers on either side of the road system from being distracted from any distracting activities on the opposite side of the road. It is hard to slow down and look at something you can’t see.
I also believe it is necessary to re-engineer most entrances and exits, clover leaf entrances and exits onto or off of the highway/Freeway. In my opinion, most on/off ramps and clover leaf foundation, drainage and surfaces are poorly engineered. Both in road surface material and design. That which I feel needs to be re-engineered is the current flat, or very lightly angled turn/bends in the on/off ramp. It also is to include a removal and replacing of the asphalt with highway grade porous concrete. The reason behind the use of concrete and porous concrete is that in inclement weather, concrete offers and affords higher traction to wet tires. Porous concrete will also act as a water drainage system, which will reduce the chance of hydroplaning. These bends and or turns should be banked in order to change the center of gravity of all moving vehicles. This will force vehicles traveling through the turn into the concrete (downwards) instead of a centrifugal force (outwards) which is pulling the vehicle to the edge and many times, unsafe part of the pavement.
It is my hope and vision to see Lanes Granted implemented on the Freeways and Highways in not only California but throughout the United states. Here in California It has long been said, via dairy commercials, that: "California has happy cows". I think it’s time California and the rest of this great nation had more happy people. I believe my system will help reduce traffic by 7 to 13% and allow for people to go from home to work or school or on a date or where ever, with greater ease and less stress. People who are less stressed tend to lead happier lives, which will strengthen us as a society. The current Freeway/Highway systems we have, in my opinion, are outdated and NEED to reflect our times and technology. People are no longer traveling at a rate of 55 or 65 mph but at 80 mph +.
What we have currently isn't as efficient or safe as it should be. So let’s reduce heavy traffic and longer than needs be commuting hours in our cars. Support my idea and concept and let's get those driving on our Highways where they need to go, quickly, safely and efficiently.
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