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Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter.

Posted by Stephen Bauman on Tue Jan 17 14:45:15 2017, in response to Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter., posted by AlM on Tue Jan 17 13:38:10 2017.

I certainly felt less safe driving in the UK at prevailing speeds compared to driving in comparable circumstances in the US.

As per Sam Schwartz' speculation, there may be a difference between your "feelings of safety" and the actual thing. The narrower lanes raise your anxiety level to the point that you concentrate on your driving to the exclusion of other distractions.

And I feel the same way about driving at the prevailing speed on the narrow portions of Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

It's been 50 years, since I last drove regularly on Memorial Drive. I don't recall ever feeling claustrophobia on it. I was driving a 1954 Ford with manual everything at that time. The tactile feedback from the steering wheel might account for my lack of apprehension.

The only narrow lane roadway that gave me trouble in that era was the Hutchinson River Parkway. Not only were did the lanes narrow coming off the Merit but there was no barrier from oncoming cars. The Hutch lanes have been widened.

The only narrow lane roadway that gives me pause is the Union Turnpike cut on the Interborough. I slow down, stay to the right and let those with better reflexes pass me.


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