Lane choices

Only in SFI wasn’t driving, so I was able to take this picture while the driver concentrated on staying in the correct lane to eventually get us through the city and to Point Reyes. Said the driver, “See? This is why I hate driving in San Francisco.”

This reminds me of what I learned about technical writing: too much information can be as bad as too little, and too many options for how to do something will only confuse.

3 Comments so far

  1. Nancy (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    You ought to seen the ‘deer in the headlights’ look I used to get when headed east over the Bay Bridge – 680? 880? 24? Where in the #*$&* am I going? Which of these $#*$&% lanes do I need to be in? Ohhhhhh, THAT one…. *(#^!!!

    The Maze continues to amaze.

  2. j james (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    mission at van ness?

    the intersection that always bothers me is (southbound) 4th at harrison. the right most lane is right turn only and not an entrance ramp to 101. the next two lanes are entrance ramps. the rest continue on 4th.

    many people don’t read (or just ignore) the dozen or so signs telling them that.. and they end up cutting off people getting on the freeway.

  3. Lauren (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    Nancy: I did that for the first time today trying to get to San Ramon. No kidding! I even had directions and was still beyond confused by the signs over there!

    James: I guess it is a matter whether you blame the user or blame the design. I think that when it comes to trying to get on and off freeways in SF, and the bay area in general, there is plenty of blame to go around! (And don’t even get me started on those cloverleaf on/off ramps all over San Jose)

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