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Old 10-26-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Reno
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Default traffic circles/roundabounds

where are the traffic circles in austin? last time i went to austin i went into one and nearly panicked! are they avoidable at all when driving realistically?


if i move, i will keep quiet that i am from los angeles. each time i went to austin, locals (who seem to have been transplants themselves hmmm) seem to give me attitude abut possibly moving. hell i will be almost 26 when i move and just want to rent a 1bedroom apartment and hopefully get a school counselor job! most californians leave california because we just cannot afford it! years ago my family looked into moving to orgeon and washington where we could actually afford a house (but it didnt happen). developers make your condos. pretty dumb to assume that just because someone from california is moving in that they will have a hummer and personally tear down a place to create condos.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I'm trying to think of where there's a true traffic circle in Austin. (Like the ones that I've been caught in near Boston, for example.)

There's a traffic circle in Waco. There's a couple of little circles in Hyde Park that are meant to slow traffic, but they're nothing to get scared of.

Where did you run into this thing? I've somehow missed it.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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Theres one in La Fontera. Today some chick was going the wrong way in one and almost clobbered me
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Reno
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hey guys. it was by riverside and south 1st street. in that area.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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hey guys. it was by riverside and south 1st street. in that area.
Right by the Long Center and Auditorium shores/the running trail? That small one is relatively new, but easily avoided. I've never seen it have much traffic though, so I wonder why it might have been difficult to navigate? Since Riverside ends on Lamar, most people on that section are just going to the park, Palmer Events Center, or Long Center... for through traffic, you'd get on Barton Springs or cross the river and take Cesar Chavez. Typical driving in Austin would be 99.9% traffic circle free.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There is one in the parking lot of CostCo in South Austin. Obviously, that one is easily avoided .
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Cheshire, UK
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Roundabouts are the best invention known to driving man. Once you get used to them they are fantastic. Of course I had to take lessons to get my license when I moved from CA to the UK, but there is a reason that the rest of the world uses roundabouts. They make stop signs obsolete. They make life so easy when you need to make a U turn. They are very logical.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Once you get used to them
Yeah, that is the problem though...with only a handful of them in the city (probably in the state!), no one is ever going to get used to them... .
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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I drive through the one on Riverside in front of the Long Center all the time. I have gotten used to it and most people seem pretty practiced now but you can always tell a newbie! Gracious Texans usually handle the first-timer well. The easy way to avoid it, as previously mentioned, is to take Barton Springs instead. The Bouldin neighborhood has several roundabouts as traffic calming devices but generally there is not another car going through at the same time.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Ah, that explains it. I've always taken Barton Springs by preference, even before the Long Center took over. I don't, however, remember there being a traffic circle in that area before.

The ones in Hyde Park are a relatively new innovation, as well.
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