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Her certainly did shorten his commute and make it more interesting at the same time. It also occurred to me that there appear to be more twisties in the city of Tokyo than in the entire state of Florida.
 

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Wow what a ride, was 100kph though, still pretty quick. Looks like the majority of traffic was large trucks, causing huge backups. The US is getting that way with way too many trucks congesting up the roads during rush hour in the bigger cities. It would be nice if during heavy traffic times to limit the hours big trucks can transit through, limit them to off peak hours. Good to see BMW in Japan, saw a BMW sign atop a building about 60 seconds before end of video.
 

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Wildbeast said:
The US is getting that way with way too many trucks congesting up the roads during rush hour in the bigger cities. It would be nice if during heavy traffic times to limit the hours big trucks can transit through, limit them to off peak hours.
Welcome to southern california, toyko isn't that different from our traffic. The guy has balls though, I'll give him that! I have seen squids and CHP's do some crazier stunts while splitting lanes.
Most major cities have business routes around the city that should help with truck congestion. The problem is that many thriving metropolis area are expanding into these routes. Just another road in life.

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We've got 'congestion charging' in London now. Cages and trucks are charged about $16 to enter the central zone, monitored by cameras snapping number plates automatically and sending out fines to non payers.

Fortunately, bikes and certain dual energy vehicles don't pay, so that means less traffic and more road for bikes. Public transport vehicles are largely exempt from pollution testing and have their own lanes, so those not using cars jump on buses belching out diesel fumes.

The Dual electric/petrol car concession is interesting though. They run low speeds off their big battery in towns, then charge up the battery when petrol powered. Now a simple energy concept tells you that whilst pullution is reduced in the city, the same pollution is just moved to the urban highways when the cage is running on petrol and putting energy back into its battery!

I never can understand these environmental arguments end to end.



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One thing that would really help...and we need to fight for, is having restricted hours for trucking. Long Beach harbor in CA was working on that. The idea is to have most truck deliveries designated to only happen at night in congested urban areas. Beautiful. The truckers might complain at first, but it seems that, since there is less traffic then anyway, that deliveries would be more efficient. I am no expert, but something has to give somewhere. Where the hell is my personal flying saucer car? .Back in the '60's it was promised to be here by now. Well, at least I got my K!
 

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We have some truck deliveries at night. But when stores are built in residential areas, nobody wants to be woken up to truckers off loading at 3am. Fine for out of town malls though.

They did some research recently, something anybody could have told them for free, and the most annoying thing about truck deliveries was their loud safety reversing alarms.



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voxmagna said:
They did some research recently, something anybody could have told them for free, and the most annoying thing about truck deliveries was their loud safety reversing alarms.
Experienced that one evening. Flat-bed tow truck stopped at a red light, but about a car length back from the limit line. He's lost...and now he needs to get out of the left lane and over to the right. No backup lights, just that beeping. Thank gawd for small favors. I'm on the horn, but he can't see me in his mirrors (taller then what my headlamp lights up) and he's got no backup lights. So, after a brief pause, continues to backup. Oh, for a reverse gear! On the horn (long blasts, brief pause, another long blast) while I'm madly backpedalling. FINALLY he turns around to look out the rear window and sees me. Was losing ground until he finally stopped.

Ended up he needed to be in the left lane after all, but for once, I have to say that annoying reverse warning noise was a bit of music to my ears. [/hijack]



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