Monday, September 7, 2009

Oh, To Drive in Massachusetts Now That Fall Is Here

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw

If you live in Detroit, you know what a "Michigan Left" is.  (When you want to turn left onto a divided highway MassAve or boulevard, you actually turn right into the left hand lane of the direction opposite the one you want, then swing around a median 180 degrees the other way to the direction you really want to go.)  A Boston Left is simply turning left in front of the oncoming traffic before the traffic has time to hit you.  Massachusetts traffic signage is also its own cultural statement (assuming you can see it behind the trees and foliage).  This is our family's favorite, at the intersection where you are leaving Harvard Square to head up Mass Ave.  The question:  is the traffic signal telling you to go or to stop?

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Isn't the arrow simply directional? And thus you stop if you're proceeding to the immediate right (especially if you don't want to hit the pedestrian about to cross the street). It appears as if there's green and yellow signal lights above the arrow, is that the case? All the same, it's certainly confusing (one doesn't want to be asking and answering such questions while driving, especially in any traffic).

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Sep 7, 2009 6:02:32 PM

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