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Old September 8th, 2005, 03:12 AM   #1
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The roundabout thread

Where I live, roundabouts are replacing four-way stops all over the place. I find them to be more efficient and less dangerous than four-way stops, especially if it is well-planned and the drivers know what they are doing (which is unfortunately too often not the case)

What do you guys think about roundabouts over four way stops, or even traffic signals?
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Old September 8th, 2005, 03:19 AM   #2
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here in dubai, when the city initially followed the british road system, roundabouts were built everywhere. they are horrible and cause heavy traffic when too many cars are on the roads. many roundabouts in dubai are being demolished and replaced with free flow intersectinos.

the american model of traffic lights every 100m is even worse.

basically what im saying is, there isnt really a good system that exists that can handle heavy traffic loads.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 04:35 AM   #3
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I like roundabouts i think they are easier to use and better then stoplights or signs in some places, but diffinetly not all!
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Old September 8th, 2005, 04:44 AM   #4
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Here in Boston.. we call them rotaries. Are they called roundabouts everywhere else?

In any case.. I like them a lot although we 'M*******' drivers sometimes forget rotary etiquette (for example.. entering the rotary without looking at 40 mph? an all too common sight)
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Old September 8th, 2005, 04:59 AM   #5
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i like roundabouts, they make a city look nice, they help in traffic, and theyre jz cool, we shud have more in the US
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Old September 8th, 2005, 05:06 AM   #6
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roundabouts are very efficient as long as everyone knows what they are doing, and providing there arent too many of them (in which case it just becomes confusing to find your way around).
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Old September 8th, 2005, 05:10 AM   #7
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I'm going to be honest; I hate roundabouts.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 06:38 AM   #8
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They take up too much space and highly inefficient, unless you can put something grand in them (like Arc de Triomphe or Cibeles Fountain) to help beautify the city.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 06:41 AM   #9
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People normally don't know what they're doing and cause problems or accidents on or near them.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 06:47 AM   #10
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They take up too much space and highly inefficient, unless you can put something grand in them (like Arc de Triomphe or Cibeles Fountain) to help beautify the city.
You've got a point.

I don't know, I do not drive enough to know how much a pain in the ass it is to drive through a roundabout. In New York, there are always horns honking as people are trying to make lefts while having to go through oncoming traffic. In this case, perhaps roundabouts (or circles as we call them in NYC) would be more efficient.

In New York, the main circle that sticks out in my mind is Columbus Circle:



Aside from that, New York City is not very big on roundabouts.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 07:38 AM   #11
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i think they are a good idea but as was said before if people know what they are doing. where i am at they are building two of them but people are clueless as to what to do it seems and to what a yield sign is and in some cases what no signs at all means
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Old September 8th, 2005, 08:22 AM   #12
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I'm going to be honest; I hate roundabouts.

Me too. Multi-level freeway intersections are where it's at.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 09:01 AM   #13
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I'm with you Chi.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 09:29 AM   #14
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I love round abouts. There are many cases however, where traffic lights are the only way to go. But in smallish towns, in all but the heaviest intersections, round abouts are great.

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highly inefficient, unless you can put something grand in them
i dont understand the connection?
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Old September 8th, 2005, 07:57 PM   #15
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Quote:
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Where I live, roundabouts are replacing four-way stops all over the place. I find them to be more efficient and less dangerous than four-way stops, especially if it is well-planned and the drivers know what they are doing (which is unfortunately too often not the case)

What do you guys think about roundabouts over four way stops, or even traffic signals?

I recently read this was going to be happening in parts of north-east Ohio, too. Being from the UK, I love roundabouts; they allow for smooth traffic flow compared with row upon row of traffic lights and help ease congestion. The only downside is that can also cause congestion during rushhour periods if all the traffic is going one way; in the UK they counter-act this on very large roundabouts with traffic signals on the roundabout itself.

As for taking up space; they take up far less space than an intersection with slip roads as some have suggested here. Certainly in Britain, many are beautified by local authorities with flower beds, sculptures and other items of interest.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 08:06 PM   #16
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I hate roundabouts especially those with 3 or more lanes where drivers couldn't stick to theirs!

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Old September 8th, 2005, 08:24 PM   #17
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No, they're not a good idea.

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Old September 8th, 2005, 08:34 PM   #18
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^ I agree with this guy...
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Old September 8th, 2005, 11:56 PM   #19
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If people know what they're doing they are a good idea. As aatbloke says traffic lights can be put on roundabouts if it becomes too busy at certain periods. They're used alot here, and Milton Keynes is renowned for the number of roundabouts they have. I have a roundabout near me nicknamed the "magic roundabout" that goes in two directions. Confuses many people.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 12:02 AM   #20
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IF people are good drivers, then yes
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