The six-way stop. Enter the greatest invention of bicycle facility planners.
Every bike-path, built alongside roads, crosses intersections. Some of these are four-way intersections. Four plus two equals six.
Now, because we have advanced to a higher degree of intelligence, we are able to negotiate the six-way stop: a four way stop with a parallel bike path (with it's own stop signs,) crossing in the pedestrian crosswalk.
Last week I took one of these as an experiment. What did I see?
(NO BULL) At the six-way stop, I saw an ambulance idling. What was on the hood? ("Bonnet," for Aussies.) Knee pads and helmet of a rollerblader, or some other unfortunate path user, who was probably inside the ambulance.
Let's boycott all six-way stops.