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Old 11-24-2010, 05:35 AM
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Here, Ive only seen traffic circles in subdivisions, in NJ there on main arterial roads. So until I see them on US 29 in Concord, or US 74 in Monroe, I wouldn't sweat it. And several of the ones in Jersey have been taken put.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Shakedown Street
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I like the traffic circles. If you think about it, people SHOULD slow down as they encounter them and if there was an accident it would be at a slower speed. As opposed to a 4 way intersection where if someone ran a red light they would be going much faster.

I was in the UK a month ago and was brave enough to rent a car. It was confusing which road I needed when I exited the roundabout, but I liked how the traffic flowed with them.
It was even more confusing when there were 2 of them in a row, sort of like a figure 8!
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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Ha, roundabouts and circles. That reminds me of this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgX6qlJEMc
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Union County
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LOL, I learned to drive on Ellisburg Circle, (once the most notorious circle in the state) Racetrack Circle, & Airport Circle. What I miss are the jughandles, although 74 in Shelby has a thing going on that's very similar.

Learning to drive on the circles came in handy when I took my NC driving test because there was a question about driving on circles & at that time there was nothing in the driving manual about circlesl.
I've seen circles / roundabouts everywhere so picking out Jersey for that is rather funny.

I quoted you because I remember as a kid going to visit my grandparents in Jersey and running into jughandles for the first time! I think they are much safer and more logical then roundabouts in many instances where an overpass doesn't make sense.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:18 PM
 
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Takes me back to the old Freehold Circle near the Raceway. Gone for years now, but I remember clearly driving (rather, my parents driving) it.
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:39 PM
 
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When you were taught to drive on circles in Jersey, you were told don't stop... Not the safest thing at all, but if everyone followed this it somehow worked out.. I drove them evey day for years..
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:50 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I've seen circles / roundabouts everywhere so picking out Jersey for that is rather funny.

I quoted you because I remember as a kid going to visit my grandparents in Jersey and running into jughandles for the first time! I think they are much safer and more logical then roundabouts in many instances where an overpass doesn't make sense.
Mikey, I love jughandles. The only problem is that NJDOT frequently doesn't bother to clearly mark that you are approaching them. Now the circles near me were always clearly marked in advance. Having enjoyed the experience of being behind non-locals who had no clue what a circle was many many times, it probably doesn't matter that the jughandles are frequently not clearly marked. If NCDOT was going to appropriate one of the oddities of the NJDOT, I would have voted for jughandles.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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I like the traffic circles. If you think about it, people SHOULD slow down as they encounter them and if there was an accident it would be at a slower speed. As opposed to a 4 way intersection where if someone ran a red light they would be going much faster.

I was in the UK a month ago and was brave enough to rent a car. It was confusing which road I needed when I exited the roundabout, but I liked how the traffic flowed with them.
It was even more confusing when there were 2 of them in a row, sort of like a figure 8!
traffic circles are very dangerous (or at least that what the statistics showed here in the U.S.) That's why they were phased out.

Roundabouts basically force you to yield. I've run into several of them in NC. I'm really not a fan of jughandles....never was....plus I don't need people from around here look at me like i have 3 heads when I ask them if they've ever heard of a jughandle.....
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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traffic circles are very dangerous (or at least that what the statistics showed here in the U.S.) That's why they were phased out.

Roundabouts basically force you to yield. I've run into several of them in NC. I'm really not a fan of jughandles....never was....plus I don't need people from around here look at me like i have 3 heads when I ask them if they've ever heard of a jughandle.....
There are several places in Shelby where the side access roads actually come to traffic lights & therefore, by accident, become sort of jughandles.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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They have spent years ripping these crazy rotaries out of new england, it's funny to be seeing them popping up here. I guess I just don't understand traffic engineering down here. Lanes come and go on the highway, they build a dinky 2 lane road (485) where all the people are, then insist on left hand turns to access the highway (Johnson Rd). Don't even get me started on the new Walmart in Indian Land...the traffic pattern in the parking lot is crazy...
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