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June 17, 2005 04:40 PM

Broken: It came from Black Background: This is (sort of) broken

Matt Shobe, cofounder of Feedburner, writes that Chicago's IPass site is (sort of) broken.


That is confusing it would be much easier to make a choice for motorcycles/passenger vehicles/commercial vehicles. Motorcycles could then choose bike, trike or bike w/ sidecar. Commercial vehicles they are familiar with thinking in axles/tires so would keep the drop down the same and passenger vehicles would just be one click to get the right choice.

(this assumes that "duelie" trucks are commercial vehicles, I believe that they are usually classified as such.)

Posted by: Joshua Wood at June 17, 2005 04:58 PM

I have a question: is it possible to have 3 axles and 3 tires? An example would be great, cause that one has me baffled.

Posted by: bob at June 17, 2005 06:01 PM

A motorcycle with a side-by passenger pod has 3 axles...right? I'm not sure...

Posted by: falafel at June 17, 2005 06:17 PM

How about a really long bike? But it getting a toll pass?

Posted by: a cheesepuff at June 17, 2005 07:12 PM

What about a car with one front wheel and two back wheels with seperate axles?

Posted by: Fuzzy at June 17, 2005 08:16 PM

spare tire?

Posted by: jr at June 17, 2005 10:12 PM

a bicycle built for three?

Posted by: Ray at June 17, 2005 10:55 PM

A motorcycle with side car has 3 wheels and 3 axcels. Not sure if they'd treat it like a car towing a trailor though, since the sidecar is removable, and is more of an accessory.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at June 18, 2005 06:32 AM

I loved the 'Sgt. Schultz' comment on the site.

Some motorcycles tow small, single wheeled trailers. This would constitute three wheels, three axles.

My personal feeling is that motorcycles towing trailers are broken; real bikers pile it all onto the bike or don't take it at all.

Posted by: Louise at June 18, 2005 01:30 PM

I don't think this is particularly broken. I mean, it is the standard way for tollbooths to calculate tolls, and it lists them in increasing order, so I don't find anything even really odd about it.

Posted by: Joey at June 20, 2005 12:09 AM

Besides the fact that the menu is non-intuitive, it is also unnecessary. A better design (not as good as intuitive names) would be to have text entry boxes for the numbers of axles and wheels.

Posted by: Jay at June 20, 2005 11:37 AM

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