By Braddah Lance
Last week there was an article about a PM Ewa bound zipper lane and of course da hatahz were out.
Wat all da huhu about?
Beats me but I guess if no mo' any hatahz in da world we'd be living in an Utopian world eh?
(Ooooh, you like dat $5 dollah word yeah?)
Here's what Maeda Timson, chairwoman of the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board, said,
"she thinks the PM Zipper Lane is a bad idea, as long as the state continues to use three people as the threshold for vehicles in the Zipper Lane.
Much more people would carpool, and the Zipper Lane would be better used, if vehicles with two people were allowed, she said.
"It's unnecessarily causing more traffic," Timson said, adding that she's miffed the department did not take the plan to the neighborhood boards of the affected communities before deciding to proceed. "It's just making congestion worse."
I'll put my face out there and say dat changing da rider occupancy from two to three riders in da Zip Lane was right on. I think people fo'get dat driving is a privilege - not a right. It's your choice to drive and fo' a good numbah of people, choose to break da law as well - specifically da car pool and Zip Lane laws.
Da car pool and Zipper Lane (imho) serves two purposes: to reward people who car pool and to help alleviate traffic.
Alleviate, not eliminate.
She goes on to say dat da Zip Lane would be bettah used if vehicles with two riders were allowed. But wouldn't dat just make it like any other lane? You're not helping traffic (to some degree yes) but you're just "overflowing" da load to anoddah lane.
My scientific proof?
Yesterday, Da Wife and I drove da car into work cause of da rain. It took us an additional 25 minutes to get into work making da total commute time about 47 minutes and counted five illegal vehicles in da car pool lane. Today on da bike using da Zip Lane..... 17 total minutes with three illegal vehicles in da car pool lane.
Wen da Zip Lane allowed two riders before, we rarely took it because da "regular" lanes were just as fast, if not faster, practically ALL da time. So in our "observation", traffic was just "pushed" ovah to anoddah lane.
Da PM Zip Lane going help EVERYONE cause believe it or not, whoevah is in da Zip Lane not going be on da regular lanes! Brah, who cannot figgah dat? Even if get only 500 cars use 'em, dat's 500 cars not going be in da lane next to da single riders. It's about time it's being done and even mo' bettah, going be mostly paid by da federal government.
And no, I'll probably not benefit from da PM Zip Lane as it'll be waaaay past where I live. The only hope for me (and countless others) is dat it'll lighten da lanes a little on da regular lanes.
Da PM car pool lane already overcrowded with legal riders and 'den you throw in da law breakers and now you got a regular lane dat stops and goes with da traffic - you might as well make it a regular lane already!
Everyone says enforcement enforcement enforcement and I totally agree but you know wat? I gotta side with HPD on 'dis one. While I know they no can catch everybody, da places da illegal actions take place, HPD no can pull them ovah and those who break da law know it and use it to their advantage. If HPDwanted to pull someone ovah, going cause mo' traffic - cause no mo' shoulder lane - and people going get mo' huhu. Catch 22. No can win.
So it boils down to morals and balls. You know it's wrong so you going do da right thing or wat? Or "ainokea" and I not going get caught anyways.
Wassap Wit Dat!
Last she goes on saying dat da neighborhood boards weren't involved in da process.... Sistah, dat means da DOT gotta contact practically every board on da aina cause traffic affects ALL of us!
And you tell me, how making one PM Zip Lane going make congestion "worse"?
But 'den again, at least da car pool violators get mo' room eh?
DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! -
(as quoted from Da Kine Dictionary & Pidgin To Da Max… wit a Braddah Lance twist)
(pronounced same as spelled)
Haole Translation: Fight or argument
Use: Same as above
Sentence: "Eh, Kimo and Russell goin' beef aftah school!"
Sentence: "Brah, wat's yo' beef wit da Sam's Club photo cashier?"