Drive Like You’re Invisible

I drive a white 10-passenger Ford Transit. It’s a decent size.

This morning, someone stopped and proceeded through the intersection (where I had no stop sign) right in front of me. Standing on the brake and laying on the horn, I’m not sure how I didn’t hit him, but stopped just short.

I’m in a Ford Transit owners’ Facebook group and one mantra that I’ve taken to heart has been: “In other cars, you try to get around traffic. In a Transit, you are the traffic”. Another one shared today from motorcycle life—drive like you are invisible.

Even in a huge van, it still applies.

Citizen Pulls Over Texas State Trooper For Speeding

While I don’t suggest trying this at home (or while driving), wow. The trooper seemed as nervous as I do when I’ve been pulled over. He loses points for seemingly trying to not identify himself initially but was overall polite.

My experiences with Texas State Troopers, which have been more times that I care to admit, have all been very positive and respectful. My stops with local county/city officers average a bit more gruff.

While I want to get a dashcam, I won’t be using it for anything like this.

The History of 51st and I-35

Texas is planning on installing their first modern roundabout on an Interstate frontage road near me, at 51st and I-35. Just east of the intersection is my development, the old Austin airport, that will at full build house ~10,000 people and employ ~10,000 people. The development includes big box retail, the area’s children’s hospital, medical research campus, “town center” walkable commercial, etc.

Per TxDOT, the traffic load for the intersection being rebuilt is projected to increase so much by 2020 that they would need to build a triple left-turn lane to keep it flowing under the traditional model. Instead, the propose adding an Interstate bypass lane for frontage road traffic not needing 51st St access and a roundabout that looks pretty intelligent at first look.

This intersection, though, has seen a lot of changes over the year, mostly negatively impacting the intersection. Read More