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Old April 23rd, 2010, 02:52 PM   #41
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Blinking yellow is already used in Switzerland to signal that you should drive by the normal rules of the intersection without lights.
Same in Poland
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 05:08 PM   #42
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But do traffic light go yellow before the green period in your country? In Switzerland we have one.
There is no red-yellow phase in France and Italy but it exists in Germany. Of course, it's usefull but the best thing, imho, is to have no traffic lights.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 06:51 PM   #43
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There is no red-yellow phase in France and Italy but it exists in Germany. Of course, it's usefull but the best thing, imho, is to have no traffic lights.
why not? to have traffic lights? how does traffic works without any lights?

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Old April 23rd, 2010, 10:19 PM   #44
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why not? to have traffic lights? how does traffic works without any lights?
Roundabouts. The word you're looking for is roundabouts.

Here's an exemple from my hometown, where they've replaced six intersections with roundabouts, and three new have been built:
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 10:53 PM   #45
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Roundabouts do bother me if it are three-way intersections or have been a quiet unregulated intersections before. They're usually only traffic calming measures, which can make sense in residential areas, but not on main roads between towns.

Replacing traffic lights with a roundabout can be a good possibility though, although you cannot just replace any traffic light intersection with a (turbo) roundabout. Sometimes you need traffic lights to control the traffic flow over a larger network. You can't do that with roundabouts.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 12:31 AM   #46
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I think it would be useful.

Even if the majority drive automatics, there only has to be one car with a manual transmission in the entire lane for everyone else to get held up as they shift and get moving. That and it would also keep the attention of drivers who may be playing around with their cell phones or some other distracting behavior.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #47
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Why is the yellow orange?
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Old April 25th, 2010, 10:40 PM   #48
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You got me. Although most people refer to it as "orange" the actual term is "yellow".
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Old April 27th, 2010, 12:58 AM   #49
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In Sweden we have red+yellow phase like they have in Switzerland and Germany. Most European coutries have like this. I think its better than the other system.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #50
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You got me. Although most people refer to it as "orange" the actual term is "yellow".
Some people call it "amber."
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Old April 27th, 2010, 11:37 PM   #51
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Amber is also the official term in many English speaking countries. Regarding those lights, we have in Norway the same phases as S/D/CH and most other European countries (i.e. red, red/amber, green, amber, and back to red). As was also discussed above, AFAIK all Noric countries usually have a light at the other end of the intersection, in addition to a light at the line where the cars are supposed to stop. In Norwegian intersections, there are usually at least three lights, two at the stop line (at each side of the street) and one diagonally across at the other side of the junction. Still cars often must stop a few meters before the intersection due to pedestrian crossings, and mineature traffic lights found in some central European countries (F?), has pretty much the same function.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:15 PM   #52
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In Canada, out lights go straight from red to green.

Sequence:

Red
Green/Protected Turn Arrow
Yellow
Red

The turn Arrows on a four light set up have two phases:

Green Arrow: OK to turn left.
Amber Arrow: Protected turn sequence about to end. Turn left on green light, giving way to oncoming traffic.
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