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profdant139

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Posted: 06/17/21 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Roundabouts are spreading across the country -- I find them infuriating and unsafe (when I am towing a trailer). And yet the experts say they are much safer than ordinary intersections. Check out this very clear discussion by the Iowa DOT:

Iowas DOT discussion of roundabout safety

So now I am both infuriated and wrong? That's frustrating and humiliating. Oh, well. [emoticon]


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With my TT they are sometimes challenging. Without I like them.


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I like the single lane ones -- super easy to navigate and watch for traffic and most of the time you don't need to stop, so it's better than a stop sign.

The multilane ones seem less safe -- people don't always know which lane they should be in to get to their exit and end up conflicting with others.

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I love roundabouts. I travel through 3 in 6 miles on my way into town. One of them with 2 lanes has 30,000 vehicles per day. I just wish that people would use their turn signals. . . it is suggested in WA State, but not required. Its is required in Germany and Austria.

I never travel beside a large truck or trailer in multi-lane roundabouts. . . I like to give them room.

My most adventurous roundabout was in the UK, with 3 lanes and the steering wheel was on the wrong side. . . yikes. A fender ahead wins.


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With a 45' fiver, I take up a lot of lanes in the smaller circles. It's not a great feeling, but it's pretty workable.


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Posted: 06/17/21 12:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If roundabouts in the US were all like this, I’d like them.

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Trouble is, they’re more often like this.

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It's ok to ride up on the center apron if needed. In WA state the texture is different, but they are designed to accommodate trucks.


https://wsdot.wa.gov/publications/manuals/fulltext/M22-01/1320.pdf

https://wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/benefits.htm

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Posted: 06/17/21 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am another who dislikes roundabouts. They strike me as less safe, not more so.


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I like well executed ones. Then again, a pox upon the household of the moron responsible for the two purely decorative brick circles a block before and after the true roundabout on 5th street in my town. They cannot be negotiated as the central true roundabout between them, but every so often someone tries it. They are merely confusing, especially for visitors.





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I suspect the "studies" that were done showing roundabouts are safer probably compare them to 4-way stops but don't take into consideration that most drivers don't know how to navigate either one. Roundabouts are even more confusing to these drivers so they go slower thru them, stop and wait for everyone in the circle to clear out before entering or stop in the roundabout to allow others the chance to enter.

Seems the the biggest selling point for many though is "it's just like what the enlightened countries of Europe use", so we need to have them too. The problem with many though is they aren't built large enough to accommodate more than two or three vehicles at any one time, so their benefit, even with knowledgeable drives, is marginal at best.

Maybe the real solution (other than driver education) is to go back to the 4-way stop replacing the stop signs with red lights that allow one vehicle at a time to proceed, rotating the green light around the intersection.

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