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Tragedy of the Commons: PCH Edition

Those wonderfully scenic, empty drives you see in car commercials? Don’t forget the small words at the bottom: “Closed course.” The reality, as described by an auto journo out in search of a good stretch to unwind a Porsche, is more often like this.

(thanks Ed)

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7 Responses to “Tragedy of the Commons: PCH Edition”

  1. Dave in KY Says:

    Recreational motorist doesn’t approve of the way other recreational motorists motor. News at 11.

  2. Brent Says:

    I love how congestion enforces speed limits better than the police. I’m sure the man would have speeded the whole way down had the road been clear. I know the temptation, I’ve driven it too many times.

  3. Jonathan Says:

    Good thing he had a radar detector.

  4. Paul Souders Says:

    This would make an AWESOME bike ride. Passing Porsches stuck behind RVs would be icing on the cake.

  5. Josh R Says:

    I often refer to people who tailgate and pass unsafely on county roads as “Trying to chase down all those car commercials.”

    “If I can just get past this slowpoke, I’ll be in the clear!”

    “OK, if I can get past THIS guy I’m in the clear”

    “This one for sure, open road here I come…”

  6. Dbratland Says:

    When I lived in Germany, I found out the authobahn to be like that in most places: in theory you could go any speed. In reality the only time traffic was clear enough to go fast was in the wee hours before dawn.

  7. Adam Says:

    You don’t need to be a discourse analyst to see that to this guy ‘speed limit’ means ‘ideal speed’. Pretty disgraceful from a supposedly responsible and knowledgeable auto journalist.

    Agree with Brent and Dbratland: congestion is an efficient enforcer of speed limits. It also nudges drivers onto other viable transport modes.

    Here in Seoul over the past year the city government has been narrowing a number of inner city streets, creating more traffic in order to create less traffic. It’s the sensible opposite of building more roads only to induce more traffic.

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