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Old 07-14-2013, 09:47 PM   #31
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Seriously, with respect to "roundabouts:" Back when I was a kid, they were called "circles." I grew up in Philly, near "Pennypack Circle." Although I was only about 4 years old, I can remember when they REMOVED it. When I asked my mother later why there wasn't a "circle" at Pennypack Circle anymore, she said they removed it because it was too dangerous, there were too many accidents. This was in 1956!!!

We've come full circle (pun intended). I don't like them either!
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:31 PM   #32
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If you make it so easy an idiot can use it, then only idiots will use it.

The thing with round abouts is that they are all a little different and it takes at least one pass to understand the lane structure. Some are one lane, some are multiple lane. We tend to pull up on one, trying to read the lane map and it can be confusing, especially for an out of towner. I love roundabouts that I know and they do move traffic.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:34 PM   #33
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Speaking of roundabouts there is one on St. Simons Island and right off of it is a great BBQ place. Southern Soul. Diners, drive-ins and dives place. Went there and food was great. So spin the circle and give it a try if your in that neck of the woods.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:41 PM   #34
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Now that's funny stuff

We were doing a renovation on our building at work about 10 years ago, and the engineers - electrical, mechanical and especially environmental - were dealing us fits. The on-site foreman for the general contractor was fond of saying "there are only two places for engineers: on tains or under them."
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:19 AM   #35
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I have one problem with roundabouts. Having originally learned to drive in the UK, I still have a tendency to expect to go round them clockwise, even though we've lived in the US for 45 years!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:23 AM   #36
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I have one problem with roundabouts. Having originally learned to drive in the UK, I still have a tendency to expect to go round them clockwise, even though we've lived in the US for 45 years!
I hope you don't have a tendency to drive on the left side of the road!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #37
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Actually, roundabouts are a great idea, and function very well when people know how to use them. Trouble is, most drivers are too dumb and discourteous for them to function properly.
The same goes for 4-way stop signs. Traffic flows really well until you inject idiot drivers into the mix.
Our daughter lives overseas. We travel extensively in areas where roundabouts are common. Rarely see traffic jams even on heavily traveled thoroughfares, and I attribute this to the roundabouts - theres just no traffic backing up at those intersections. Of course, they are used to them. When they installed one here in my hometown, there were angry letters to the editor!!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:07 PM   #38
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I have one problem with roundabouts. Having originally learned to drive in the UK, I still have a tendency to expect to go round them clockwise, even though we've lived in the US for 45 years!
So you have gottten used to going anti-clockwise then?
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:13 PM   #39
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Yeah, we have. It didn't take long to get used to driving on the opposite side of the road. You have a pretty solid cue in that you're sitting on the other side of the car!

Even though I was an experienced motorcycle rider, having worked in the experimental department at Norton-Villiers for a couple of years, I decided not to try it on the opposite side of the road, and haven't ridden on the street in the US.
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