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Old 15.12.2020, 12:48
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This is all great, but unless you follow these things how will they be communicated to the mass of drivers out there?
For the lane merging I imagine they'll put up signs, such as are already used to great effect in some areas. Leaving a solid white line until the last fifty metres or so is also already quite common and generally had a positive effect, so a combination could work very well indeed.
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Re: New road traffic regulations from 1st January 2021

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This isn't strictly correct. The earlier everybody moves out of the soon-to-end lane the longer the section of reduced capacity. This may not be hugely significant for normal junctions, but when there are roadworks with one lane closed the overall length of the closure makes a huge difference.

Traffic flow is often modelled based on fluid dynamics, and it can be seen clearly in that field that the flow rate is a function of width and length (e.g. of a pipe) the longer a narrower section of pipe the lower the overall flow, not just the flow through the narrow part, will be..

So the longer the traffic can stay in the merging lane the less the overall effect on the whole motorway. The zippering idea is not new, but hopefully putting it into law will encourage more people to do it and reduce the tendency to merge much too early, which as well as reducing overall flow as discussed, also means that anyone staying in the joining lane effectively overtakes anyone who never early, thereby slowing them down even more.


There is actually research suggesting that zipper merging is more efficient.
All it requires is a bit bigger distances between cars in the unobstructed lane, so that the other cars can get in. Unfortunately many drivers use the foot pedals as on/off switches and the big adjustments in their speed propagates backwards and screws up the flow.

A short vid demonstrating how dinstances can enable the zipper merge.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX0I...torAssociation



Also there is no "queue" when you're on the motorway, all lanes are used for all traffic, and everyone travels the same direction. Additionally, when you're zipper merging successfully traffic still flows or could flow, albeit with a slower rate.

There is a queue when you have an exit that is blocked (because of a light or whatever), and someone from other lanes that are to be used for different directions jump in at the last moment. These people should be egged with very very smelly eggs because that is not zipper merging and it's not making life easier for anyone other than themselves.
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Re: New road traffic regulations from 1st January 2021

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Certainly was in the news here when it was announced. Suspect it will reappear around the turn of the year as well.
In 20 Minuten right now in fact

https://www.20min.ch/story/diese-ver...r-204132181028
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Re: New road traffic regulations from 1st January 2021

Useful improvement for cyclists (especially the long-desired turn-right-on-red), but I don't see why the 45km/h e-bikes can't park with the other bikes (I don't ride one, but I welcome them on the road - they're great for slipstreaming).

As for the other stuff: well, the golden age of motoring was 30 years ago, so who cares?
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New Autobahn Rule - Jan 1 2021

From January 1, 2021 all Swiss Autobahn rest area restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol.

I fear they have mixed 2021 with 1980...
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Re: New Autobahn Rule - Jan 1 2021

Many years ago ( > 15 ) that used to astound me, stopping at Motorway service stations in France and seeing truck drivers eating a meal accompanied by a half litre bottle of red wine. The French were relaxed about such things, at least in those days.

But the issue is also personal responsibility. There is a legally defined maximum permitted blood / alcohol ratio for drivers and consequences for exceeding it. But why shouldn't the passengers be able to have something to help eliminate the boredom of an hours long journey ?
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Many years ago ( > 15 ) that used to astound me, stopping at Motorway service stations in France and seeing truck drivers eating a meal accompanied by a half litre bottle of red wine. The French were relaxed about such things, at least in those days.

But the issue is also personal responsibility. There is a legally defined maximum permitted blood / alcohol ratio for drivers and consequences for exceeding it. But why shouldn't the passengers be able to have something to help eliminate the boredom of an hours long journey ?
Do they need to do that with alcoholic drinks? Surely there are better ways. I mean we have fun just spotting different licence plates, looking at the scenery and what's changed over the years, etc. It's a bit hypocritical to say don't drink and drive, then serve alcohol in motorway service areas even if there is a legal limit.
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Re: New road traffic regulations from 1st January 2021

That sounds like a very sensible contribution to drink and drive rules. :OMG Hope that only co-passengers are meant to indulge in it.
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It's a bit hypocritical to say don't drink and drive, then serve alcohol in motorway service areas even if there is a legal limit.
No different to any other shop, bar or restaurant that happens to be situated at the side of a road.

Seems like a sensible move to me, also opening up more or better Sunday shopping possibilities for those living nearby.
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Old 30.12.2020, 11:25
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Re: New Autobahn Rule - Jan 1 2021

The new rules illustrated with videos:
https://www.astra.admin.ch/astra/de/...html#-55109016

Emergency corridor needs to be created already if traffic slows to walking speed or stops even without hearing an emergency siren.
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Re: New Autobahn Rule - Jan 1 2021

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Do they need to do that with alcoholic drinks? Surely there are better ways. I mean we have fun just spotting different licence plates, looking at the scenery and what's changed over the years, etc. It's a bit hypocritical to say don't drink and drive, then serve alcohol in motorway service areas even if there is a legal limit.

Coach tourism, it was thing before the virus and not much different to drinking on the train.
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Re: New road traffic regulations from 1st January 2021

A bit more on the new laws here, not just traffic ones.

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/make-su...-2021/46251144

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