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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772611 05/04/19 1:03 am
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Here in Pennsyltuckey, USA, we are getting more & more roundabouts- to traffic circles as they are less-than--affectionately known both here and in New Jersey... well it seems that traffic flows quicker then a roundabout, and who knew there are less accidents than in a regular intersection?


All that aside, Roundabouts in England, where they drive on the *ahem* OTHER side of the road, can be a bit of a challenge for those unused to local traffic patterns thereabouts (see what I did there?)..... In England the cars come at you from THE OTHER DIRECTION than that which we "yanks" are used to. Having ridden over there, I can say that it took me a few (very) close calls, and more than a few horn honks to figure out it's important to look the other way both coming & going in an English roundabout.

Regarding Pennsyltuckey roundabouts, resistance remains- but folks are getting used to them. wink


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: Lannis] #772622 05/04/19 8:24 am
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Originally Posted by Lannis
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 ...

Lannis

Except at the two-lane circles in Nashville, and the aforementioned reluctance to use turn signals, one can never tell when the oncoming car is exiting the circle, or will attempt to exit the circle from the left lane.
As you pointed out, Lannis, we are an overly competitive lot here. Yielding right of way is tantamount to Socialism, and one can get credit for driving school by watching NASCAR on Sunday.


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772624 05/04/19 10:23 am
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In the 90's SWMBO and I briefly considered moving to Indiana with SWMBO's job and I considered going to University in the USA so I had some interviews at various colleges. At one college the lady that showed me round (an American) said that she had lived in the UK for a few years and also mentioned that there was a "circle" (roundabout) in a nearby town and if I wanted some amusement I could go and watch Americans try and fail to navigate said roundabout.

I did and she was right, it was the source of great amusement to me.

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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772662 05/05/19 12:31 am
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New Jersey has a lot of traffic circles so that nobody can turn left in front of you, they just turn right in front of you. laughing


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: DavidP] #772769 05/06/19 12:33 am
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Originally Posted by DavidP
New Jersey has a lot of traffic circles so that nobody can turn left in front of you, they just turn right in front of you. laughing


New Jersey drivers popularized the now ubiquitous "Jersey Slide" maneuver, where one driving in the farthest lane from the exit ramp cuts directly across all of however many lanes there are to make the exit at the last second, cutting off whomever happens to be in each lane, as they go.


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: R Moulding] #772770 05/06/19 12:36 am
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Originally Posted by DavidP
New Jersey has a lot of traffic circles so that nobody can turn left in front of you, they just turn right in front of you. laughing


New Jersey drivers popularized the now ubiquitous "Jersey Slide" maneuver, where one driving in the farthest lane from the exit ramp cuts directly across all of however many lanes there are to make the exit at the last second, cutting off whomever happens to be in each lane, as they go.

Originally Posted by R Moulding

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

Rod


LOL. Indeed. FIRST, however, as Bryan mentioned, one must be aware that traffic IS indeed coming from the right.


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #772774 05/06/19 1:15 am
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Yes--we have some circles in Jooooisey--but less than there used to be.
I don't think New Joooisey people have ever come to terms with circles.
In NJ circles are things you get around your eyes after a good night out!

Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: ricochetrider] #772801 05/06/19 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
Originally Posted by DavidP
New Jersey has a lot of traffic circles so that nobody can turn left in front of you, they just turn right in front of you. laughing


New Jersey drivers popularized the now ubiquitous "Jersey Slide" maneuver, where one driving in the farthest lane from the exit ramp cuts directly across all of however many lanes there are to make the exit at the last second, cutting off whomever happens to be in each lane, as they go.


Bonus points if the sliding driver changes his mind at the last moment and then rejoins the main carriageway.

Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: Dibnah] #772957 05/07/19 10:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Dibnah
Originally Posted by ricochetrider
Originally Posted by DavidP
New Jersey has a lot of traffic circles so that nobody can turn left in front of you, they just turn right in front of you. laughing


New Jersey drivers popularized the now ubiquitous "Jersey Slide" maneuver, where one driving in the farthest lane from the exit ramp cuts directly across all of however many lanes there are to make the exit at the last second, cutting off whomever happens to be in each lane, as they go.


Bonus points if the sliding driver changes his mind at the last moment and then rejoins the main carriageway.


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Right?

Ah! You have driven in New Jersey, I take it? laugh


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: ricochetrider] #773012 05/08/19 11:06 am
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AAh! The joys of driving in New Jersey! They also have Jug Handles - instead of left turn lanes you loop around to cross the road at a traffic light. These have been cleverly designed to have lessening radius curves so drivers tires squeal and they jam on their brakes.


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #773014 05/08/19 11:50 am
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More of Swindon's Magic Roundabout https://www.airvuz.com/video/The-Ma...rone-Footage?id=58ff9b0f3ecc29145fe2bc8e (music might not be to everyone's taste!)

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Originally Posted by Dibnah
More of Swindon's Magic Roundabout https://www.airvuz.com/video/The-Ma...rone-Footage?id=58ff9b0f3ecc29145fe2bc8e (music might not be to everyone's taste!)


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: Dibnah] #773020 05/08/19 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Dibnah
More of Swindon's Magic Roundabout https://www.airvuz.com/video/The-Ma...rone-Footage?id=58ff9b0f3ecc29145fe2bc8e (music might not be to everyone's taste!)


I like roundabouts for traffic movement - they're FAR more efficient than traffic lights or four-way stops.

But I'm afraid I'd have to have some practice navigating this one ... how would I ever remember whether I'm the one ALREADY in the roundabout and people have to yield to me, or whether I'm ENTERING a part of the roundabout and have to yield to traffic already there?

Lannis


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Originally Posted by Lannis
Originally Posted by Dibnah
More of Swindon's Magic Roundabout https://www.airvuz.com/video/The-Ma...rone-Footage?id=58ff9b0f3ecc29145fe2bc8e (music might not be to everyone's taste!)


I like roundabouts for traffic movement - they're FAR more efficient than traffic lights or four-way stops.

But I'm afraid I'd have to have some practice navigating this one ... how would I ever remember whether I'm the one ALREADY in the roundabout and people have to yield to me, or whether I'm ENTERING a part of the roundabout and have to yield to traffic already there?

Lannis


With your UK experience Lannis I doubt you'd have much trouble finding your way through


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: BeezaBryan] #773026 05/08/19 3:53 pm
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The whole idea of roundabouts is cool .
A minimal amount of physical engineering , in just enough space ...sets a flow and speed pattern
Then the Traffic flow is the drivers responsibility
All without the expense and maintenance of traffic signals .( they ain't cheap )
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As a western American... i dont have much experience with them .
I grew up with Californias Cloverleaf freeways , where there was plenty of cheap farmland to expropriate
And lay out elegantly curved roads before the sprawl was in filled .
It all worked for a while .
It works so well
"everyone" wanted to move there .


Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: BeezaBryan] #773027 05/08/19 4:08 pm
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With your UK experience Lannis I doubt you'd have much trouble finding your way through



I have to keep chanting "yield to the RIGHT, yield to the RIGHT" whenever I'm over there, but yes, a regular roundabout is pretty easy to do, mainly because there's normally just one decision - "Yield to the RIGHT and enter the roundabout and then you don't have to yield any more" ....

but with these roundabouts within a roundabout, it give you one more level to think about. You got to be on your toes! and most drivers aren't ...

Lannis


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Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #773043 05/08/19 6:30 pm
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Lannis, if you are pulling up to a broken white line then you are not the driver already on that particular roundabout and must give way, in this case to the right.

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Only in Massachusetts! When I got my driver's license in 1955 we were taught that the person coming into the rotary had the right-of-way. This lasted until the 1990's when they decided that the person on the rotary had the right-of-way. This led, and in some cases continues today, where rotaries are totally unorganized mayhem. It's is youth against the seniors. This is the state where giving the right-of-way is a challenge to your manhood. We also adopted the right-on-red rule. This quickly morphed into the left-on-red ,and today when I go the 30 miles to Boston on the back roads into the way we think the rule should be. That of course is straight-on-red done properly at speed. It is not uncommon to run out of fingers keeping track of how many you see.


Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #773140 05/09/19 1:52 pm
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Pennsyltuckey is installing roundabouts in spots, we're getting. more & more of them in the past few years. There's a particularly large on atop a local mountain- in a place where traffic backed up terribly at rush hours, as 4 roads come together with loads of cars and people coming & going bad workday. With the new roundabout, traffic moves much faster and doesn't stack up like it used to- AND there are fewer accidents there, too! Seems like the local hillbillies, hicks, & bumpkins are catching on to the concept!


Just for entertainment purposes- and in the vein of "things could always be worse", here's an instructional video on how to cross a roadway in Vietnam....







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Originally Posted by Dibnah
More of Swindon's Magic Roundabout https://www.airvuz.com/video/The-Ma...rone-Footage?id=58ff9b0f3ecc29145fe2bc8e (music might not be to everyone's taste!)


What I like about driving in England (& the UK) is that everything is designed to KEEP VEHICLES MOVING. This is, admittedly, a really odd concept. Completely anathema to any & all concepts of driving in the USA, where every city, town, & village, regardless of size, has a traffic light or intersection with a 4 way stop sign at every block, and the lights (or signals if you prefer) are all timed in such a way that no two are green at any single moment.

and yes, John, we, too, have

right turn on a red light if there's not a "NO TURN ON RED" sign in the intersection

left turn on a red light from one-way street onto another one-way street

straight through a red light if you sit there and sit there and sit there and the light never turns green, it is assumed the light is "not functioning properly". If it is safe to do so, most or many places have a law or sub-law allowing one to cross thru the intersection.


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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
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More of Swindon's Magic Roundabout https://www.airvuz.com/video/The-Ma...rone-Footage?id=58ff9b0f3ecc29145fe2bc8e (music might not be to everyone's taste!)


What I like about driving in England (& the UK) is that everything is designed to KEEP VEHICLES MOVING. This is, admittedly, a really odd concept. Completely anathema to any & all concepts of driving in the USA, where every city, town, & village, regardless of size, has a traffic light or intersection with a 4 way stop sign at every block, and the lights (or signals if you prefer) are all timed in such a way that no two are green at any single moment.

and yes, John, we, too, have

right turn on a red light if there's not a "NO TURN ON RED" sign in the intersection

left turn on a red light from one-way street onto another one-way street

straight through a red light if you sit there and sit there and sit there and the light never turns green, it is assumed the light is "not functioning properly". If it is safe to do so, most or many places have a law or sub-law allowing one to cross thru the intersection.


Not in London it's not! Average traffic speeds have dropped over the last few decades, various causes, including phasing traffic lights to inconvenience motorists. The public transport system is generally rammed to the hilt, and even motorcycling is becoming more difficult ... or is that advance of years? If it has to be public transport in London then fast clipper is my preferred option https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f69nIB0N9I4 The short film is spoilt by the music (as many are), what's so wrong with twin marine diesels (V10?) and whistling turbochargers?

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Not in London it's not! Average traffic speeds have dropped over the last few decades


London's population declined from 1939 to 1991... 8.6 mil to 6.4 ... over this 50 year span
But from 1991 to 2016 ...
londons population has been growing ... 6.4mil to 8.8 ... over a 30 year span .

a Londoner who stayed local , born around 1950
Would have lived through a lot of change .
First less people and more cars and motorcycles ... as the population decentralized and became more prosperous .
And then since 1991
A continuing increase in population .. with much more personal motor vehicle transportation options
Than the average Londoner ever dreamed of in 1939 ...

Squeezing more people with personal transportation... into the same space ... will no doubt have impacts ,

A roundabouts capacity should not be critiqued on its own if there are restrictions , like traffic lights , on its entries and exits .

Ive taken to riding a bicycle or my E-bike ... when traffic gets jammed .
Even my small town gets slammed by the summertime tourist traffic .




Re: Seven roundabouts! [Re: rick e.] #773202 05/10/19 1:15 am
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...I watched part of the clip and I am here wondering how not there are more crashes there...total anarchy.

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