FM1709 is Where the Sky Meets the Ground. West is to the Left
The White Car is Headed Directly Towards the Bank of America Entrance Door
I’ve done a couple of posts about parking lots in the past. Rantwick’s mom would not approve, though I suspect she’d overlook the “secret” parking lot. Today’s post is NOT about a parking lot I ride through. It’s about a parking lot motorists drive through as a shortcut to avoid the traffic light at the intersection of Anita and FM1709 in Keller. Yes, this is the very same intersection as I wrote about in my post here, where I was feeling mildly guilty for signaling lapses while waiting to make a left turn at the very same light.
You see, I’ve noticed, on several recent mornings, many local westbound motorists do NOT wait for this traffic light. Instead, they cut through the Bank of America parking lot and then make a left from the lot to westbound FM1709 when the arterial traffic clears. After this caught my attention, I noticed that a tan pickup gained a full block by this maneuver compared to silly me waiting at the traffic light. Hey, I could do that, too! What’s more, doing it would give me better timing relative to overtaking traffic waves for my westbound leg along FM1709, and it isn’t like there’s a lot of traffic in a bank parking lot at 6:50AM. Yeah, it’s a safety thing. If motorists cruise through parking lots to avoid waiting for traffic lights, it MUST be OK, right? Will the purity police blacklist me for non-vehicular operation? Is this legal? How come these notions never entered my head until I noticed those sneaky local motorists? Parking lots can be the devil’s handiwork…
Bank of America Parking Lot is Immediately to the Left of the Photo Note the Tree in Both Shots