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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:14 PM   #121
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Europe: 9/10

#1 Germany 10/10
#2 Italy 10/10
#3 The Netherlands 10/10
#4 Hungary 10/10
#5 Vatican City 10/10
#6 Norway 9/10
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#34 Russia 6/10
#49 Belarus 2/10
#50 Poland 1/10

Africa 6/10

North America 5/10

South America 3/10
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #122
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Europe: 9/10

#1 Germany 10/10
#2 Italy 10/10
#3 The Netherlands 10/10
#4 Hungary 10/10
#5 Vatican City 10/10
#6 Norway 9/10
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#34 Russia 6/10
#49 Belarus 2/10
#50 Poland 1/10

Africa 6/10

North America 5/10

South America 3/10
Um, if the 34th of a list of 50 (or more) countries is a 6, I don't see how all 50 can average out to 9.

And also, Africa's roads better than North America's? You can't be serious.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #123
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Isn't it time for you?
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #124
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #125
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And also, Africa's roads better than North America's? You can't be serious.
My list is based on personal experience from Namibia and Louisiana. I am dead serious.

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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:01 PM   #126
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #127
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My list is based on personal experience from Namibia and Louisiana. I am dead serious.
So you compared the best African country with the worst American state?
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #128
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Hungary is overrated by most people. High ratings are true when only motorways are regarded. I'd give 8 for motorways, 6 for main roads and 3 for secondary roads.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #129
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Great Britain.

Network:
There is not too large motorways' network in the UK comparing to other most developed countries in Europe. However, it is backed up by very extensive network of dual carriageways. I am not sure what the exact mileage of them is, but I would not be far from truth if say that it's at least as big as motorways. Moreover, motorways consist of one of the most advanced junctions and flyovers in Europe and mostly are 3 lane per direction. However, all dual carriageway network is still not sufficient for the amount of traffic in this country. 7

Surface:
One of the worst in Europe. Noisy, porous asfalt paired up with countless number of cracks, potholes, uneven patches and poorly made repairs after drainage or electrical works, make British roads not really smooth and nice to drive. They are rather humpy and bumpy. It does not exclude motorways. On some you may find drainage system lids on left lane! Fortunately, repaving works are carried out quite quickly and there is more and more refurbished surfaces, which are of high standard. 3

Signage:
Pretty good actually. To me, British signage system relies too much on road markings, which sometimes are not in readable condition, but generally can't see any particular issues with it. 8

Road markings:
It's ok, apart from it should not be main signage in some cases. Especially on complex, multi exits roundabouts. Sometimes arrows are wiped off. 7

Traffic calming infrastructure:
Very, very good. 10

Pedestrians and cyclist infrastructure.
I feel really safe as a pedestrian there. However, there are some pedestrians crossing on crossroads where only drivers can see traffic lights, no pedestrians, which make me kind of confused. Cycling infrastructure is very well developed in the UK. 9

Lighting.
Some motorways are lit on long stretches. Junctions are usually lit too. If Belgium would be on top of the list, Britain is just behind. 9

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Luxembourg 8.71

United Kingdom 7.57

Poland 5.57
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:32 PM   #130
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Europe: 9/10

#1 Germany 10/10
#2 Italy 10/10
#3 The Netherlands 10/10
#4 Hungary 10/10
#5 Vatican City 10/10
#6 Norway 9/10
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#34 Russia 6/10
#49 Belarus 2/10
#50 Poland 1/10

Africa 6/10

North America 5/10

South America 3/10
I have never driven in the Vatican, but I am glad that their brand new motorways and expressways get a high rating from you.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:14 PM   #131
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I have never driven in the Vatican, but I am glad that their brand new motorways and expressways get a high rating from you.
Have you heard a used Popemobile is now available for party hire in Ireland? (I'm not making that up....)
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #132
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:40 PM   #133
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Belgium. (pictures)

What would you say about, probaly most controversial, Belgian roads? I rate them very high, however you may have different opinion. Want to say a word. Mind, all pictures show the quality of surface, not only those in surface section.

Fast roads network.
Very dense. Top of the list.

Surface:

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Signage:










Road markings:





Traffic calming infrastructure:











Pedestrians and cyclist infrastructure.















Lighting.


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Old November 29th, 2012, 01:10 AM   #134
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Old November 29th, 2012, 01:20 AM   #135
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There is so much tolled highways in Brazil, in my state only 3 tolled roads.

In my region there isnt tolled road but the federal ones are very good.

Some state roads too.



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Old November 29th, 2012, 02:03 AM   #136
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Why a rich country like Belgium has so bad roads? I've never been there but I read that many times in this forum.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #137
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Why a rich country like Belgium has so bad roads? I've never been there but I read that many times in this forum.
Bad roads??Its a paradise.hahahaha
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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:53 AM   #138
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I'll rate my country with piotr71's system, as I think it describes a country's road network very well.

Spain.

Network:
Excellent. Motorways reach everywhere. In places they don't, existing single-carriageway roads can handle the traffic with no hassle at all; Spanish two-lane roads are among the best in Europe (shoulders, climbing lanes at high grades, nicely arranged intersections, expressway-like tunnels and viaducts to bypass mountain passes). There is also a nice network of non-motorway, dual-carriageway roads, which are mostly grade-separated. Busiest corridors often have good-quality alternate routes, and motorways with a lot of traffic get three or more lanes. Some motorways are tolled. On the other hand, interchanges may be pretty low-standard compared to the ones in Germany or the UK, with many one-lane flyovers and tight corners, and some expressways are built with very low design standards (narrow lanes, small shoulders, tight corners). But I guess every country has this kind of motorways. I give it a 9.5.

Surface: It depends on the road. Tolled motorways are usually well-maintained and surface is smooth. But Governments are cutting on maintenance and surface in some toll-free roads is slowly getting uneven and filled with potholes. This applies to motorways and non-motorway roads. The ones ran by local councils, often out of funding, are in particularly bad condition. A 7.

Signage: It is abundant and well-maintained, but directional signs have often too many road numbers and control cities are a bit random (messy road numbering and coloring system doesn't help). Font is clear and easy to read. Non-directional signage is also clear, and quantity is not a problem. We are one of the few European countries that signpost speed limits after every junction, even if it is the default one. An 8.5 for signage.

Road markings: Those rely highly on maintenance, and are the first to be neglected when funds run out. They are thus starting to fade and sometimes they have completely disappeared. There are of course exceptions; tolled (and shadow-tolled) Catalan motorways among them. They are good-looking, though, and fulfil their function when they are well-maintained. I'll give them a 7.

Traffic calming infrastructure: Total madness. As it is located mostly in roads managed by local councils, everybody did this stuff his particular way. Speed bumps were implemented long before they were regulated; most are overkill and have no maintenance at all. A 3.

Pedestrians and cycling infrastructure: With bicycle lanes it happens the same than with traffic calming infrastructure. Some of them are useless (i.e. painted lanes on a sidewalk that dodge trees, bus stops or benches) and some totally unnecessary (cutting one lane on a road, but barely used). No continuity to be expected when exiting a municipality. It is the worst aspect of Spanish road network. Infrastructure for pedestrians is OK; there are a lot of sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and over- and underpasses. So I think it deserves a 7.

Lighting: Infrastructure is there, but is often not used because of budget cuts. Most motorways are in complete darkness at night, excepting tunnels. City roads and streets are all lit. A 7.5 for lighting.

Total score is a 7.1. Would be interesting to see if other forumers share my opinion.
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What is traffic calming infrastructure?
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Old November 30th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #140
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Speed bumps and single file traffic flow I guess...
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