Friday, January 07, 2011

A slow slushy start

I watched the snow/slush/rain start to fall and then I watched the traffic build up outside my house. The sports car brumming didn't let me out nor the car following it, however the one after that kindly did (thank-you). We then sat and watched cars at my exit junction leaving a gap of multiple car lengths such that by the time they left enough room for this queue to get out another had appeared to join their queue.

Very slow turning the corner and a nasty crunching sound - love the black ice. two cars had already stopped at this point to examine their cars due to said crunching noise.

Heading into town and pretty much a dead crawl with spurts of traffic coming the other way. Yep it's the pedestrian lights in Bridge Street. The confluence happens like this - the lights go red and stop traffic both ways; the lights go green and the traffic starts moving. However if there's a queue over the bridge it's a slow propagation rate. What this means is that by the time the queue gap-movement reaches the junction so has the traffic coming out of town. So even if you could get out into the right-turn you can't because of the cross-traffic that has just appeared. It's just one of those things that's almost impossible to predict and just happens when it happens.

Needless to say a slow start.