"Road rules" Car/Car rental Tip by Splint

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For the folks from otside the US, this is how the street numbering system works. Streets run East/West, Avenues run North/South. The location prefix before the number (NW, NE etc.) is designated by the location relative to the Centeral Business District. A line north/south and another line east/west is drawn intersecting at the centre of town (right near Central Station where the Buses, Trains and Metro Mover all stop), the streets and avenues are all numbered from that point. The first street north of town centre is 1st st, if the location is west of centre it will be NW 1st st. If east then NE 1st st. The first street south of town centre is 1st st and if it's west of town centre the SW 1st st, if east the SE 1st st. The same principal applies for avenues, the first avenue either side if the center line is 1st Av, the direction designation is relative to the intersection at the centre of town. It's a good system and makes navigating far easier than in other countries where there is only a name for each street.
Another point of interest is that in off peak times traffic lights at some intersections flash amber while the lights for the intersecting street flash red. This means the vehicles on the amber flashing road can drive straight through the intersection as if the light were green and the vehicles with the red flashig traffic light must treat the light as a give way sign. A great system.

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  • Written Dec 16, 2006
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