That is essentially correct, yes. Passing on the right is more dangerous in most all situations, and this is a great example of why. The roads are much safer - because they're more predictable - if "yield to traffic from the left" is always the rule of the road.
That being said, the driver clearly made an unsafe lane change and with all of the good information you have you can submit your complaint to SEPTA at http://www.septa.org/cs/comment/. To help with your submission: if the "Bus #" 8081 was on a light-up sign, it's actually the "Block #." If it was written in paint on the bus, it's the "Bus #."
NEVER pass on the right, even as a bicycle. It's not allowed by state law, and buses are allowed to use the lane in those situations.
Does the City or PennDOT have any interest in fixing this idiotic behavior?
Reporting to 311 instead.
Do you have any traffic counts or an intersection study that leads you to believe that a stop sign is the best solution instead of removing those parking spaces and "daylighting" the intersection? Or do you just think that the profession of traffic engineering is just the fever dream of a madman?
Did any of your actions stop the city vehicle from making the light? If so, he might have a beef.
Can you be more specific on which cycle? Is it the left turn or right turn, and is it from the expressway side or from the South Street side?
It's not illegal, just unfortunately clever.
Chestnut St is currently under construction due to expansion joint issues and will likely be resurfaced at the project's conclusion.
Also, this entire stretch of I-95 need "Stay right, Pass left" signs - it's ridiculous!
Why can't this be part of the Platt Bridge construction? We're down to one lane anyway, why don't they start reconstructing the intersection?
I just wonder how much of the traffic mess around here could be alleviated, even if just by a little bit, by doing the repainting.
GIve me some paint and I'll do it myself.
Since there's no crosswalk on the west side of this intersection right now, it would be a great time for this idea.
It's completely ridiculous that the city can't pave a flat street.
Dannmer, thanks for the link. I guess I've got to give the city some credit on this one.
Sure. What I'm looking for is not faster vehicular movement, but smoother movement. Synchronizing signals allows a traffic engineer to set a precise speed at which vehicles will hit a "green wave" of lights. This can actually slow traffic down, as vehicles will no longer race the lights to make sure they will catch an already-stale green.
The specific signals in question are all those between Washington Ave. and the second (ie, I-95 N only) I-95 entrance ramp.
The signals should be set up to provide a northbound green wave, as northbound traffic is usually much worse because of the plethora of left turns. The green wave should be timed to provide speeds around the posted 35 MPH limit.
This will even the flow of traffic. No longer will you, as the pedestrian or bicyclist, need to worry about whether a taxi is going by at 60 or 20; all traffic will move smoothly at the speed of the green wave.
Remember, speed is not prima facie dangerous; it is unpredictability that causes collisions.
True, but it doesn't stop taxis from dive-bombing the left turn lane, unfortunately.
Well, the heat finally did what the city couldn't.