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Taking heart from an empty lane

Dear Editor: On a recent Saturday at about 6: 45 p.m., I was heading to the airport from North Vancouver when I ran into a bit of a line up on the cloverleaf at the Lions Gate Bridge.

Dear Editor:

On a recent Saturday at about 6: 45 p.m., I was heading to the airport from North Vancouver when I ran into a bit of a line up on the cloverleaf at the Lions Gate Bridge.

This is common, of course, but then I noticed only the curb lanes were open in both directions on the bridge itself, leading me to assume the centre lane would be opened soon for south-bound traffic. Vehicles were moving slowly, but still it stayed empty.

As it was a warm day, I had my windows down, and suddenly I heard a siren.

Soon an ambulance appeared with its emergency lights on, coming from West Vancouver. It came up the bus lane, which thankfully did not have a bus in it at the time, and had no difficulty maneuvering through the cooperative drivers at the merging point into the centre lane.

I have always loved the way people respect giving the right of way on the ramps to the bridge; I have heard non-residents credit us for it many times.

Now I want to give a huge thank-you to those people who made the decision to shut down the centre lane of the bridge - and the drivers who behaved in such an orderly way in response - to give that ambulance a lane to itself to provide the wonderful service that they do for us.

If there's anyone who has a real reason to get somewhere in a hurry, surely it's paramedics.

Don McBain North Vancouver

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