For many years, I have been looking for an adequate explanation for traffic in the White City. I have wondered why it was ok to come to a stop at a red light and then step out of your car and go get a coffee.
The question of right-of-way was fairly easy to figure out - everyone has it. At the same time. Especially at a four-way intersection with six ancillary roads leading into it. Why waste time trying to figure out who has priority when the answer is obviously me? And when you need to transfer (quite suddenly) from the far left lane to the far right, you just do it. Everyone will always get out of the way.
And they will greet you with friendly honking as you go.
When I discovered, however, that the author of these laws was a slightly overweight Siamese cat from Karaburma, everything became clear. "Leon" (not the cat's real name) styled the traffic laws after his own habits and perambulatory patterns.
There are several fundamental principles at work here. Firstly, a cat does not proceed alone any straight lines, unless they are expected NOT to. This means that paths from A to B may pass through Q, F, D, and R. Or not. In urban planning, therefore, a complicated system of one-way streets had to be introduced making it possible to be fully immobilized at any given time. This is commonly known as a "Cat's Cradle."
"You can't get there from here," one man told me when I asked for directions.
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