Originally Posted by ShawnJ
"No passing on the right" laws most likely allow for this situation.
And actually, sidezoomer stoppers probably violate aggressive driving laws.
Ok, so I just now read the article you posted, and it says pretty much exactly what I said about an interleaving queue. Note that humans are not ants, note also that humans are not geese, but more on that one later.
I'm a perfectionist, and I'm quite sure that all drivers are not equally aware of the same things and behaviors as ants or geese, human nature dictates that not all will be equally adept at using proper queueing strategies, e. g. sparse interleaving at the rate of throughput of the choke point. Also note that the queue isn't static in length, but varies according to the differences between the mean speed of the inbound and outbound vehicles, it shrinks and grows, based on the outgoing queue speed and volume of incoming traffic.
The basic principle is to maintain an orderly and efficient queue, ants understand this instinctually, humans of much larger brain capacity mostly do not.
Now the geese example, geese fly and turn by observing the leader
of the vee formation, not the goose immediately in front of them, for if they did react to the goose in front of then the vee would spiral out of control an the trailers must account for the number of lags caused by all the geese in the formation in front of them, The speed and centripetal force of the turn, means that a following the goose in front of you stratagy will not maintain the formation.
How does this apply to humans, you ask?
Well think of a red light, I'm twenty cars back, but we all see the light turn green at the same time. Now I know that if all the drivers in front of me were geese we would all move forward immediately accelerating at the same exact ramping speed. Thus, if we were geese, which for obvious reasons we're not, then the throughput through that traffic light would be maximized.
But since we are not guess, and none of you are well trained drivers, with excellent spatial skillz like I have, this perfect throughput never
happens. That's because of human behavioral patterns and a lack of adequate reaction, spatial skillz, and rigorous training. We wait for the vehicle immediately in front of us to move first before we attempt to move, because we don't know how skilled and trained those drivers are, it's called a chain reaction, and is never as efficient as say cyclists drafting, it's a innate learned skill, which other species develop to a much higher level than almost all humans, because the innate skill benefits the whole.
Humans are self centered and never think in coordinated group behaviors, they do not innately trust that all others in the group will exhibit the exact, or very similar behaviors. They are not schooled properly in group behaviors, and there is always a social or mentally retarded individual that the society tolerates through artificial means, they will always be the one to slow down the entire process, they will always screw up the whole thing to begin with.
I think of geese, every time I'm at a red light, behind several cars, and think what a bunch of stupid and uncoordinated individuals, can't you see the light just turned green. Yup, but they don't have the sense or skillz, to navigate the red light properly. D'oh!