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CA HOV Lanes

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.

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Carpooling… IN MY MIND, is the consolidation of multiple qualified or eligible drivers into a single car to save gas, time, money and the environment. My clarification is “qualified driver.”

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A Pedestrian and her DogI’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:

 Benicia, CA Union Hotel
 Bonny Doon, CA Redwood Croft
 Calistoga, CA Brannan Cottage Inn
The Bear Flag Inn
The Chanric Inn
 Forest Knolls, CA the ecoNEST
 Guerneville, CA Highlands Resort
Sonoma Orchid Inn
 Inverness, CA Dancing Coyote Beach Cottages
Inverness Valley Inn
 Jenner, CA Jenner Inn & Restaurant
 Moss Beach, CA Seal Cove Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
 Napa, CA Beazley House
Blackbird Inn, a Four Sisters Inn
Napa Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Inn on First
 Occidental, CA Inn at Occidental of Sonoma Wine Country
 San Anselmo, CA Hillside House
 San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Hotel
Inn San Francisco
Noe’s Nest
 San Rafael, CA Gerstle Park Inn
The Panama Hotel and Restaurant
 Santa Cruz, CA West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
 Sonoma, CA Inn at Sonoma, A Four Sisters Inn
Sonoma Creek Inn
 Yountville, CA Lavender, A Four Sisters Inn

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