Notes for Dublin commuters

1. If I’ve spent 15 minutes sitting in a queue of traffic, and you fly past us all in the bus lane until the part where the bus lane is blocked off and you need to get into my queue, don’t expect me to let you in. No, not even if you try to drive into the side of my car and beep me. No.

2. Yes, you on the motorcycle. It is very clever that you can ride past all the traffic like that. If you do that by riding on the wrong side of the road, please move in when I drive towards you.

3. Getting back to the car drivers. Overtaking that cyclist really could have waited until you’d got around the corner on that narrow piece of road with high trees, couldn’t it. You know, so that when I was coming round the corner in the opposite direction, not speeding, on my side of the road, I wouldn’t have had to brake suddenly to avoid hitting you.

4. Yellow box junctions. I may have had this rant before. Do not enter them unless there is space beyond them for you to move into. When said yellow box is at the bottom of a hill where there is a very sharp corner and cars turning that corner need to come on to the far side of the road to make the turn (which is why the yellow box junction is there), do not, and please, please pay attention here, do not drive into the yellow box. That little hold up, the one where you couldn’t reverse because the person behind you had followed you INTO THE YELLOW BOX TOO and I couldn’t reverse because someone else was following me up the hill and I couldn’t go forward because you were in the way IN THE YELLOW BOX was entirely caused by you.

5. To the three people I passed who’d been stopped by the Gardai for driving in the bus lanes: Ha Ha.

10 thoughts on “Notes for Dublin commuters

  1. Yes and I had a snigger when I was waiting at a red light to take a left, and a car in front of me took that left turn as if it was green (it was green to go straight on), and first had to stop for the pedestrians crossing, as that was the reason for the red light, and then as I went around the corner after it turned green, to see her pulled in by the traffic guards. Snigger snigger snigger…tee hee

  2. heheh. nice one Issy.
    It always makes me smile to see the mercs and beemers who have been driving in the bus lane getting pulled over just before Donnybrook.
    Although it’s not just drivers. The other morning a guy on ROLLERBLADES was using the bus lane. It got very hairy when we got to donnybrook village, I thought the bus was gonna go right up his ass.

  3. I walk quicker that the autodrivers on Snugborough Road at times, and oh boy does that make me want to laugh! I wouldn’t know how to comment the junctions etc. as I don’t drive but I agree that Dublin traffic is just terrible.

  4. Boy oh boy, Isobel, you’ve hit upon some good ones there! And may I add to your list please?

    When traveling down the Ballymun Road toward the city centre in morning rush hour and you decide to get into the right, fast moving lane to jump the car queue, don’t at the last minute snarl traffic by sitting at a dead stop to merge into the slower left lane at Griffith Avenue because there is a another queue of cars behind you waiting not so patiently to continue on their journey in the right lane.


  5. Sounds like you’re enjoying your new life of driving to work, eh? Nothing like riding the bus or some other mass transit, I’m sure.

    Jodi: They do pull you over for that in California. And we mock them, yes, we mock them.

  6. This all sounds quite familiar. Chicago traffic is similar except for two things:

    1) I have no idea what a yellow box junction is, but I don’t think we have them.

    2) The police never pull anyone over for things like driving in the bus lane.

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