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Reply #4: Yep, we've had quite a few put in around here recently. [View All]

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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-15-08 12:32 PM
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4. Yep, we've had quite a few put in around here recently.
I live a few miles from Modesto California, and they've been big on roundabouts in recent years. Opinions seem pretty polarized on them though...some people love them, and others hate them. I love them because I've never had to stop at one for more than a few seconds. I do know several people who dislike them because of near misses...all caused by people who either didn't know how they worked or ignored the rules (a common problem is people trying to go all the way around in the outer lane, cutting off the thru drivers). They actually had a developer throw a temper tantrum and cancel an entire shopping center development when they found out that the city was putting a roundabout on its major intersection. The city stood its ground, the people love that roundabout now, and another developer came in and built a center there.

I always wonder at people who claim that stoplights are superior. Stoplights are all about STOPPING. Roundabouts are designed to keep you moving. Why some people would prefer to spend 3 minutes staring at a red light, instead of 3 seconds waiting for a merge opportunity in a roundabout, is beyond me.
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