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Roundabouts-traffic?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe, Nov 25, 2013.

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  1. Joe

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    Just wondering if roundabouts are showing up all over the country or if every traffic planner in WI went to a convention, got drunk on free booze and was sold on this idea.

    We now have a dozen of them within a 12 mile radius of our house and plans for 2 more.

    In case they are not all over the country, here is what I'm talking about:
    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/roundabouts/
     
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    Roundabouts work. There's a bit of a learning curve when people first encounter them, but other than that, they are fine. Several have been created near my SLC home and now they're just part of the regular routine for drivers.

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    Had plenty of them here for years all over NJ

    Many have been modified in the last 20 years to intersections with traffic signals
    because of high accident rates They call them traffic circles here,rotarys in NE .
    The one near AC airport is a combo circle and traffic signal newly modified "engineering marvel". To say this is confusing the first couple of times is an understatement.
     
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    I'm in NE Massachusetts and we have a number of rotaries up here. They are really considered either demolition derbies or chicken games.
    They just built a roundabout near me here because of a very dangerous intersection. Gotta love the fact that the original installed design had to be modified because even mid sized trucks could not make it around. Your tax dollars at work!
     
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    I was very skeptical when they started to pop up here in Central Ohio. I have to say I am now a fan. As mentioned there is a bit of a learning curve, but they do what they are inteneded to do. They improve traffic flow.
     
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    Roundabouts are used in preference to traffic lights junctions over here.

    They work well with our lower powered but better handling cars, much easier to maintain momentum.

    Sometimes the planners get carried away:

    [​IMG]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Swindon)
     
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    Hey, Philly folks and South Jerseyites, let's tell 'em all about the circles that used to be on 70.
     
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    They are here in Canada too. Thankfully none look like the one Guy posted.

    I'm a fan too. Now all that would make them work better is for people to learn the simple rules.

    - yield to the car in the circle (I was close to a collision because a truck pulled in front of me.)
    - signal when you're leaving the circle. It's no different than exiting any other street and the waiting driver can merge in. (That same gal didn't signal when she exited).

    Circles are so much better than sitting at a four way stop.
     
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    Love 'em. Well, except the one by Casino Moron-Go and the Cabazon Outlets. Too many can't-get-there-fast-enough degenerates gamblers, snowbirds and retail addicts from Hacienda Heights.

    Now the "backwards" ones in NZ and Oz … ???

    The one here, over by the mission, I like to go around a few times 'cause it messes with the hayseeds and seniors. Hey, it's a small town, gotta make your own fun.
     
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    I love them for the reasons posted above, and I hate them because so many idiots don't know how to use them, as also posted above.

    But then, so few people it appears know how to use turn signals or how to merge from an on ramp, etc......Don't know why I'd expect using a rotary to be any better:rolleyes2:
     
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    They are great if the public is educated on how to use them.
    Basically if you are in the circle you have the right of way. If you are entering the circle you must yield.

    I get my gambling money from traffic circles because of the morons. I drive around the circle 2 or three times until someone hits me. Collect the insurance and never fix the car.

    Do I need to state that I'm joking so I don't get hate mail. :)
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    I like roundabouts, but I hate stupid people. And I encounter too many stupid people using roundabouts.

    Overall they improve traffic flow, but probably cause more accidents (at least for now). But definitely reduce serious accidents (t-bone type accidents).
     
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    Yep... more and more prevalent up here in the north all the time. I was part of an elected-body that approved some for the first time (early 90's) in our area and you wouldn't believe the pushback from much of the community. You know... the usual members of the group C.A.V.E. (Citizens Against Virtually Everything). These roundabouts were part of a rather large planned development, which usually stirs up their membership anyways but, adding something few had seen or experienced REALLY flipped them out!!!

    They worked as promised and 20 years later, they still work great and several more have been added in the area.
     
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    They're a great way to see Big Ben and Parliament.
     
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    Round abouts are ok in my book, the one that is hard to wrap your head around is the diverging diamond they came up with in Missouri:

    [​IMG]

    Once you get used to driving on the wrong side of the road, really helps on the left turns.
     
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    They haven't come to Texas yet, or at least none around Austin that I know about. WI loves them as the OP said. My assumption is that some law was passed to make it illegal to actually install new traffic lights.

    I like 1 lane roundabouts. I don't mind 2 lane ones, but I wish they would give me a lot more warning about what lane I need to be in. Telling me 50-100ft from the roundabout is just insane to me. It is like telling me the exit only 1/4 mile from the exit. Just give me more warning.

    My only major gripe on roundabouts is in snowy/icy weather. Even at 2-5mph it is incredibly easy to just slide into another lane. They make traffic flow smoother in normal conditions, but I feel it makes it a lot more dangerous in terrible conditions.
     
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    You have to fear how stupid some folks are that they can't understand these basic concepts.
     
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    I mean, realistically, any innovation that depends on the public being educated is probably doomed.
     
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    Our town has quite a few of these and personally, I love them. It's really nice when the traffic is light and instead of waiting at a red light for no reason you can just cruise thru a roundabout. Like some others have mentioned though, it's the people that don't know how to use them that get me going. You'd be surprised how many times I've seen somebody who is already in the roundabout stop to let somebody in!
     
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    This belongs on a bumper-sticker!
     
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