The most bizarre traffic errors on Los Angeles’ roadways

Written by By Ashley Taylor, CNN

It’s no secret that moving in and out of LA is a challenge. For years, the city has grown into a sprawling metropolis, forcing residents and visitors alike to contend with traffic snarls and gridlock. But given the city’s elaborate network of over 600 miles of freeways, it seems LA has a way of inviting bizarre mistakes along its roads.

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Take, for example, the endless red lights on the Rob Roy Trail in Culver City.

Located adjacent to the 405 Freeway, the trail is a multipurpose green-to-gray bicycle and pedestrian trail looping from Santa Monica Pier to Culver City.

According to the city of Culver City, the road is strategically built so that, “during the summer months, it shows bright green lights to direct bikers and pedestrians from out of town to the beach.”

But during the winter months — when the road is closed to vehicular traffic — cyclists in search of a quick commute can find themselves in a landlocked vortex.

The bright green lights are tricked out with pavement markings, soft-textured edges, etc.

The road is closed during certain hours to bikers and pedestrians, only to the Nth degree: no one is allowed to park on the road.

This seems odd, until you realize that “No Parking” signs are basically nonexistent in Southern California.

As much as is possible to arouse your curiosity, CNN decided to investigate, dropping in on some unsuspecting commuters and cyclists, and seeing what they did while waiting for the bright red light to turn green.

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