Q: I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Grumpy, who said that summer traffic does not seem even the slightest bit lighter this year. Interstate 280 is a mess, as always — even at 10 a.m. during the summer months.
A: I-280 now ranks as the third most congested freeway in the Bay Area.
Q: Do I agree with Mr. Grumby that summer traffic isn’t any lighter? You bet. I’ve been writing you about that at least since 2014.
A: That’s a long time. Highway traffic counts are coming in a few months, but I checked traffic data on the six state-run bridges in the Bay Area. In 2014, 23.7 million passed through the toll plazas in June and July. This year, more nearly 25 million.
So yes, summer traffic is getting worse.
Q: In the past few years, I’ve noticed that we no longer get a traffic break during summer. I have a theory that it is due to summer internships at Silicon Valley companies like Google, Apple, and the local law firms, especially since the population of “clueless” drivers not knowing traffic patterns and routes appears to increase at the same time.
A: Sorry, I don’t buy that. But …
Q: Traffic has not eased up this summer like it usually does. Two years ago my commute was about 15 minutes less each way. I figured traffic would not lighten up until late June until schools were out and people truly started vacationing.
But here it is August and it’s still as bad as it was in March, April and May.
A: And here is another warm weather issue.
Q: As I bicycle about on these warm days of summer I notice a fair number of front-seat passengers semi-reclined with their legs propped up on the dash. If the vehicle was in an accident and the front airbag deployed the force would likely shatter the passenger’s pelvis and perhaps even be fatal.
Automobiles have become increasingly safer…