CA Carpool Lanes Are only semi-effective when carpools actually use them.
The other week I was in the unique position to observe just how few people in the carpool lane were actually carpooling. What the hell is that about?
– Aside from all the electric cars and qualifying stickers that these and like cars can have, an HOV Lane is:
“High Occupancy Vehicle” lane, or car-pool lane. The central concept for HOV lanes is to move more people rather than more cars. Some HOV lanes carry almost half of the people carried on the entire freeway. Regular “mixed-flow” lanes are never converted to HOV lanes. Rather, HOV lanes are always added to existing facilities. Each vehicle that travels on an HOV lane must carry the minimum number of people posted at the entrance signs. Usually that means at least two people, or in some cases three people. Each child counts as an occupant, but pets, infants still in the womb, inflatable dolls or ghosts do not (we’ve heard ’em all). Violators are subject to a minimum $481 fine. Exceptions: Motorcycles, even those carrying just one person, are allowed to use the HOV lanes. Some HOV lanes are in operation only during certain hours, which are posted. Outside of those hours, they may be used by all vehicles.”
I’ve been hankering to get away (from it all) and have a moment or two where I can just stop and smell the roses. If only for a day or two. But when I want to head out and take m’dog with me, I’ve always got to balance out my destinations with checking for pet friendly hotels and motels and what not.
The other day, I was having incredibly fond memories of a few Bed and Breakfast experiences that I’ve had and was pondering the idea again.
But this time around we have a dog that will be traveling with us. (Like the old TV series, Have Gun Will Travel, but it’s Have Dog, Will Travel!)
I live in the Bay Area region of California, so I started looking around and found myself a few options! Of course each Bed and Breakfast option has their own regulations, restrictions and what not, so tread with caution, contact the location and find out exactly what their rules and restrictions are:
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Living here in Menlo Park, we’re smack dab in the middle of the ruckus called the High Speed Rail initiative. When it first kicked up after voters approved it, all the budget numbers changed, the HSR board told locals to blow it out their a**! when they grumbled and to deal with it. The local […]
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