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There are 2 roundabouts in Clearwater Beach FL. The one that comes off the Memorial Causeway and connects to the rest of the beach is always very busy. I can't count how many times I was almost hit by a snowbird or tourist drifting into my lane or cutting in front of me. Glad I don't have to deal with that Tampa Bay traffic anymore.
I love Roundabouts! It did take a short time to get used to them when we 1st moved to England, but the thing I like the best is if you need to turn around you just go round the roundabout and go back the way you came. (Instead of trying to find a convenient place to turn around) Several times when I've been lost I've gone round and round and round and I'm sure people looked at me like I was nuts, but hey, I got there in the end. Lol!
"Look, kids; Big Ben!...Look, kids; Big Ben!...Look, Kids; Big Ben!" Actually, I think roundabouts make great sense when you know your way around. Driving in England for the first time (and on the "wrong" side of the road, to boot...) was an interesting experience! Don't know how I'd have gotten anywhere without my wife in the passenger seat navigating!
Last edited by Crew Chief; 05-31-2008 at 12:57 PM..
Roundabouts are good and keep traffic moving. Seems the only solution in the united states when there is a traffic problem is to make the intersection bigger with more lanes and add more lights. Where if you just want to turn you end up having to wait 5 minutes for the light to cycle through so you can have a green turn arrow instead of just going through a round about and taking the street you want. Doesn't make sense!
"Look, kids; Big Ben!...Look, kids; Big Ben!...Look, Kids; Big Ben!" Actually, I think roundabouts make great sense when you know your way araound. Driving in England for the first time (and on the "wrong" side of the road, to boot...) was an interesting experience! Don't know how I'd have gotten anywhere without my wife in the passenger seat navigating!
Oddly enough, I didn't notice any roundabouts in Lawrence, but I spent most of my time in the older/downtown area.
Roundabouts are a great idea; however, some municipalities getting served with ADA lawsuits because the roundabouts don't provide a way for pedestrians to cross. That will have to be addressed somehow.
Meanwhile, from the "Unclear on the Concept" files: a roundabout in Des Plaines IL that has stoplights.
I think Lawrence, KS added a few roundabouts in the past year or two. A couple of roundabouts are found on the north side of town near I-70.
Roundabouts are fine when people can use them but most people cant especially when it involves 2 lanes or more, and as in England roundabouts are at the ends of every road just about and the flow of traffic is ok when traffic is light but when traffic is heavy they suck big time and would be much better with the use of traffic lights to control the flow more.
They are fun in a RWD car especially in the rain/snow
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