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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:09 PM   #181
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Found this in Shanghai;

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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:15 PM   #182
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Reminds me of this one, Chris.
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Old July 25th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #183
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Can you really call these things roundabouts? Looks more like very large circular streets, the Rotonda West isn't even circumnavigable.
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Old July 25th, 2009, 02:31 AM   #184
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Roundabouts are actually not much different than a regular "give way" intersection.

However, I think many American roads are too busy for roundabouts.
There are plenty of busy roads in UK and use of the roundabouts is widespread.
I just think Americans are in general conservative and they don't trust new solutions like that. Many countries in Europe adopted roundabouts fairly recently and they work just fine. It all depends from attitude and drivers training (which is nonexistent n US)
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Old July 25th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #185
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@ChrisZwolle - Lol, and I thought the one I found was big
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Old July 25th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #186
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I hate painted roundabouts!
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Old July 25th, 2009, 09:43 PM   #187
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This roundabout in Dublin is fairly unique. It has a motorway underneath, a gas pipe line above, canal and railway in the middle and roads being built around it for the idea of not having to use it. It also has a gym in the middle of the complex.




And all because putting the roundabout in in the first place was a bad idea.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 12:53 PM   #188
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Just outside Jönköping, Sweden.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 02:28 PM   #189
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There are plenty of busy roads in UK and use of the roundabouts is widespread.
I just think Americans are in general conservative and they don't trust new solutions like that. Many countries in Europe adopted roundabouts fairly recently and they work just fine. It all depends from attitude and drivers training (which is nonexistent n US)
For relatively quiet roads, I vastly prefer driving through roundabouts rather than intersections with traffic lights for a couple of reasons:
  • Convenience: No stopping at red lights. Nobody likes red lights, right?
  • Safety: I'm pretty sure in a roundabout I'm not going to get rammed by some idiot running a red light.

As far as knowing how to drive on one, it's not difficult; if you've done it a couple of times you've got the hang of it. It's just a priority road going in a circle; you approach it, yield to any traffic coming from the left and drive around it.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 06:25 PM   #190
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A roundabout in Piran (Slovenia). It only serves parking spaces:

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Old July 27th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #191
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[*] Convenience: No stopping at red lights. Nobody likes red lights, right?
Green waves can reduce that inconvenience. And if roads don't have too much traffic, why install traffic lights in the first place?
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Old July 27th, 2009, 05:21 PM   #192
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Roundabout Zaandam, Netherlands

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Old July 27th, 2009, 05:26 PM   #193
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Ah, the southern terminus of A7. I once did a traffic count on the Prins Bernhard Bridge (lower left of the picture)
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Old July 27th, 2009, 10:57 PM   #194
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Typical major 3-lane roundabout with tram rails in a major Polish city.


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Old July 27th, 2009, 11:13 PM   #195
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Those aren't real roundabouts. You can't even make a 360 loop.
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Old July 27th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #196
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You can make a 360 turn actually. The intersection is called a roundabout although it is not one techically speaking. It's rather called an "intersection with a center island" whatever it may sound like.
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Old July 27th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #197
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I see, you're supposed to cut the corners there, altough they don't seem like actual lanes.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 12:32 AM   #198
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In Ljubljana there's a half-roundabout. You can even make a 360° turn, but you'd have to yield to oncoming traffic, if you really wanted to:

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Old July 28th, 2009, 12:43 PM   #199
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Reminds me of this one, Chris.
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That's more like a beltway around a small town!
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Old July 28th, 2009, 04:37 PM   #200
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Those aren't real roundabouts. You can't even make a 360 loop.
Why are turbo-roundabouts called roundabouts then?
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