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Seven roundabouts! #772199 04/28/19 11:08 pm
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The wife and I took a little ride today. Decided to go on the outside of the metro area and hopefully have less traffic and such. Lots of new construction and no less than seven roundabouts in 20 minutes of driving. Yes, right here in the US of A.

I'm talking proper two lane types. No drama, no hesitation, no que, just plain motoring.

What is going to happen next?


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772210 04/29/19 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by rick e.

The wife and I took a little ride today. Decided to go on the outside of the metro area and hopefully have less traffic and such. Lots of new construction and no less than seven roundabouts in 20 minutes of driving. Yes, right here in the US of A.

I'm talking proper two lane types. No drama, no hesitation, no que, just plain motoring.

What is going to happen next?


Probably what happens next is what happens in my neck of the woods when they put up a roundabout.

People don't know how to use them, would rather have a traffic light so that they can text while they wait, end up causing accidents, and they fix it by putting stop signs on the roundabout ....

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...hello, I always read: "The Wife" and not "My Wife". It sounds better for you? Is kind of "modern" English?

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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: Lannis] #772224 04/29/19 5:36 am
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Originally Posted by Lannis

People don't know how to use them, would rather have a traffic light so that they can text while they wait, end up causing accidents, and they fix it by putting stop signs on the roundabout ....

Lannis

That never stops the morons in Nashville. They're texting while they circle.
Traffic circuses just confuse most Americans. Too many of us don't understand a simple yield sign.
Doesn't help that the people circling have no idea how to use a turn signal.


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772232 04/29/19 10:34 am
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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: DavidP] #772237 04/29/19 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Lannis

People don't know how to use them, would rather have a traffic light so that they can text while they wait, end up causing accidents, and they fix it by putting stop signs on the roundabout ....

Lannis

That never stops the morons in Nashville. They're texting while they circle.
Traffic circuses just confuse most Americans. Too many of us don't understand a simple yield sign.
Doesn't help that the people circling have no idea how to use a turn signal.


I think (just my opinion from many years of driving alongside my compatriots) that traffic circles don't work well here (as opposed to England and Europe) is because people don't do "give and take" on the roads. Traffic meshes together pretty well elsewhere because people are willing to back off a little to let someone in, or conversely to take a reasonable spot in traffic to keep moving.

Here in the US, it's always "I'm going to BEAT YOU!" It's like a NASCAR track, where you have to get your fender in front of someone else's; you have to "get ahead" of them. I don't know how many times someone has ridden my tail on a two or four-lane road, then whipped around and passed me ... and THEN slow back down once I'm out of their peripheral vision, because they've BEAT ME and they're happy now.

That attitude doesn't work well in roundabouts ....

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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: reverb] #772238 04/29/19 12:40 pm
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...hello, I always read: "The Wife" and not "My Wife". It sounds better for you? Is kind of "modern" English?

Thanks


"My wife" is more of an affectionate term. "This is my wife, Susie". "My wife and I really love each other". "My wife and I have been married 20 years".

"THE wife" is a colloquial term when men are talking to each other, sort of a humorous was of saying it. A guy is sitting late in a bar with his friends and the phone rings. "Blimey, the wife!" he might say. "The wife's out for the day with her mates".

Like "the old lady". You wouldn't say it to HER, though ....

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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: Lannis] #772245 04/29/19 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Lannis
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...hello, I always read: "The Wife" and not "My Wife". It sounds better for you? Is kind of "modern" English?

Thanks


"My wife" is more of an affectionate term. "This is my wife, Susie". "My wife and I really love each other". "My wife and I have been married 20 years".

"THE wife" is a colloquial term when men are talking to each other, sort of a humorous was of saying it. A guy is sitting late in a bar with his friends and the phone rings. "Blimey, the wife!" he might say. "The wife's out for the day with her mates".

Like "the old lady". You wouldn't say it to HER, though ....

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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772255 04/29/19 3:28 pm
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Here in the UK we have 7 roundabouts in 1. The "Magic Roundabout" in Swindon. It comprises of a conventional clockwise outer roundabout, a inner anticlockwise roundabout and 5 clockwise mini roundabouts
https://youtu.be/6OGvj7GZSIo


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here that would be called an 18 car pile up.


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772258 04/29/19 4:05 pm
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i grew up with roundabouts in the driving chaos of south east asia, but i would be as clueless as a tourist from abilene in that thing.


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...is this madness? nope is...UK.
That type of roundabouts are not welcome in the Americas. Is like Lannis is saying with the traffic and the retards that is driving. Here (America but not USA) I think that is even worst.

Rick e, Lannis; yes, I thought about that but in Spanish in those cases is more like "the Woman" (la Mujer)


Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: Andy Higham] #772282 04/29/19 9:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Andy Higham
Here in the UK we have 7 roundabouts in 1. The "Magic Roundabout" in Swindon. It comprises of a conventional clockwise outer roundabout, a inner anticlockwise roundabout and 5 clockwise mini roundabouts
https://youtu.be/6OGvj7GZSIo



There is another Magic Roundabout, at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.
Six mini traffic islands around the central island. To add to this the River Gade runs through the middle and it too has an island within the central traffic making a grand total of eight islands

In my driving days I got to be familiar with both those concoctions.


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That was a favourite place for examiners to take people on their driving tests in that area years ago.
Almost guaranteed a failure every time..................................... Bloody marathon at rush hours.

Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772321 04/30/19 6:21 am
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And all you ever have to do is give way to the right. How could anything be simpler?

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And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
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In the UK, we have roundabouts with traffic lights, we also have roundabouts with a "straight across" route through or over the centre of the roundabout. Mostly shambolic, generally best to be at the head of the pack when negotiating.

What about mini-roundabouts? Are there mini-roundabouts in the US?

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Originally Posted by Dibnah
In the UK, we have roundabouts with traffic lights, we also have roundabouts with a "straight across" route through or over the centre of the roundabout. Mostly shambolic, generally best to be at the head of the pack when negotiating.

What about mini-roundabouts? Are there mini-roundabouts in the US?

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Dunno whether or not it is just me who has never had much bother, neither home nor away, with the various traffic control schemes. Though I must admit the US style 4 way Stop signage at some urban crossroads did take some getting used to.

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Two good sized roundabouts over in Syracuse NY. Carrier Circle and what used to be called GM Circle, both named for long standing factories which companies have since left the state. It looks like GM Circle is now Military Circle, I suppose due to a sort of nearby National Guard base. Probably won't be long til Carrier gets renamed.


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Originally Posted by R Moulding

And all you ever have to do is give way to the right. How could anything be simpler?

Rod


Exactly! It's an indictment of the average driver's intelligence that they can't figure it out and don't like it ...

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Before I left NY roundabouts were coming into vogue north of Albany. One town on Route 9 before Saratoga had 5 (or some such number) in a row. Here in the Indianapolis area, Carmel has so many my realtor called it 'dizzy city'.


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Originally Posted by R Moulding

And all you ever have to do is give way to the right. How could anything be simpler?

Rod


This will get you in trouble over here, the traffic on the roundabout has the right of way, so you do not give way to traffic from the right.
different rules in different parts of the world.


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A traffic-free, larger roundabout can be a real treat on a bike with good ground clearance and reasonable tyres. There is a collection of three such roundabouts 10 miles from me which contributed to the previous front tyre on my "rice rocket" wearing out at the edges before the centre. A sign of ageing is that magnificent lean angles creates some disorientation.

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Originally Posted by R Moulding

And all you ever have to do is give way to the right. How could anything be simpler?

Rod



That may well be fine in UK & NZ Rod where we ride/drive on the correct side of the road but the Europeans and our colonial cousins are on the opposite side of the road therefore it is give way to the left.


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my old english girlfriend in the colonies was the daughter of a navy veteran. he explained that roundabouts had different meanings to different people. seems one of his officers had a gurkha as a driver for his official automobile. i'm assuming you people know something of gurkhas, and of their somewhat unusual natures.

anyway, one day they were going somewhere new. they drove down the road, and then came to a roundabout.

which way, sir? the gurkha asked.

oh, straight through, replied the british officer . . .

Narrator: the results were not as expected.


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I apologise for the generalisation. I should have stated that you give way to traffic already on the roundabout. I forgot about those us who drive on the wrong side of the road.

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