Imagine a lane of highway that is laced with bumps for several miles. It hates you and your car, and doesn’t want you driving on it at all. If it could talk, it would yell at you to move to the next lane over. WHY on earth would I share this idea? Because it might improve traffic flow on congested highways, at least that’s my theory.
Contrary to the picture above, I imagined Hostile Lanes as a fixture for major highways in dense urban areas. I was inspired by several treks through Seattle on the I-5. I will do my best to explain:
Hostile Lanes are designed to keep a lane (the right-most lane) clear of traffic, so it would only be used by drivers who are entering or exiting a highway.
I believe that by keeping this lane clear, traffic flow would be constant, even during rush hour. The potential for log jams from lots of drivers exiting or entering the highway are minimized because there aren’t a bunch of people needlessly clogging the right lane.
Hostile Lanes, thanks to their annoying bumps, encourage people to use the lane as little as possible, and only when absolutely necessary.
Ideal for stretches of highways with lots of congestion and numerous exits. Could potentially be used on residential roads trying to reduce traffic.
Again, just a theory. I’m not a civil engineer and I rely too much on Siri for basic math equations, if that gives you any idea how smart I am.