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On my usual jaunt around the neighbourhood, I saw Edmonton drivers express some radical and iconoclastic notions of traffic law.

Lots of people driving straight through turning lanes, I guess since you can't see the road (snow) you can just pretend you don't know what's written there.

A fair number of people driving the wrong way down one way streets (the signs are still more than visible)

But best of all: a hand-full of people (on different streets!) driving down the bike lanes!

Allan ๐ŸŒ @allan

I love how when winter hits everyone just re-writes the rules of the road to match what they want them to be.

In none of this was there any honking or traffic chaos. People invented their own rules and everyone else more or less went with it. Because hey, it's snowing, so that means there are no rules. Right?

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@allan This is what driving in the South of Italy feels like all the time.

Rules? Guidelines!

There is lots of honking though, but it's not always the angry sort. Often they're just letting you know the light has changed, or that they're coming around the bend, or about to pass, or...

@allan I saw this toot before your previous one and thought you were talking about how people kind of invent their own lanes, which is actually a good way to see how people use roads when the markings are hidden (often, it shows that we could realistically make roads a lot more narrow without negatively impacting drivers; this could mean, e.g., larger sidewalks or protected bike lanes can be added without any real hindrance to the drivers who think they "own" the road).

@allan But, yeah, people driving down bike lanes and going the wrong way on one-way streets? That's just willful ignorance, since those things are marked with signs at least as much as they are with markings on the road itself. The signs aren't hidden.

@ink_slinger I think they also show places where the existing lanes are perhaps unsafe. Like the weird merge lane up onto the 98th ave bridge westbound. When the road is covered in snow you realize that drivers really hate using it,preferring the outside lane that doesn't merge.

@allan I'm suddenly very curious what the snow tracks show coming northbound off the Walterdale Bridge. It's less of an issue now, since the new bridge is wider, but it was always super weird that the old bridge was only two lanes, and then all of a sudden you have to decide which of the five lanes you were going to end up in as soon as you hit pavement on the other side. There was no real merging, it just instantly went from two lanes to five (two of which were turning lanes, tbf).

@allan And, yeah, I know exactly what you mean. I used to take that bridge daily and hating when I was forced to use the merge lane, rather than the outside lane. It's so fucking dangerous and I'm amazed I was never in an accident.

@allan Although, maybe that means it's not actually dangerous, but is just perceived as such?