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Charleston's frequent mergers dangerous
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by padriver, Barron Park,
on May 24, 2012
Today I was on Charleston heading from 101 to Middlefield and wanted to turn left into the Charleson Meadows shopping center. There is a turn lane for just that. Problem was traffic was heavy and getting packed, so a truck stopped in front of me and waved me to go ahead and make my turn. Just as I was past him another car comes whizzing by and nearly clips me. I braked in time but even another car followed suit. The truck was blocking the one lane there but these cars were using the bike lane to squish by.
What I think is confusing is that these drivers know that very soon this one lane goes to two and the truck was blocking their view (at least for that first car whizzing by but the second plainly could see me stuck in front of the truck trying to complete my turn into the shopping center).
I wonder how many accidents and near accidents are caused by this confusing one lane going into two only to merge right back into one all along the Charleston- Arasterdero corridor.
This configuration is not safer.