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Old 11-01-2012, 04:59 AM   #41 (permalink)
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The few traffic circles (roundabout) near me seem to flow pretty well.
Roundabouts DO ease traffic congestion by allowing traffic to flow & it enables people to think for themselves rather than being controlled.

However, some roundabouts in the UK have traffic lights on & that completely defeats the whole concept & they just end up as snarling things up
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:56 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Roundabouts DO ease traffic congestion by allowing traffic to flow & it enables people to think for themselves rather than being controlled.

However, some roundabouts in the UK have traffic lights on & that completely defeats the whole concept & they just end up as snarling things up
I've never quite understood that, the main round about @ South Mims on the A1(M) to get you to services and M25 is that way.
At rush hour it backs up on the A1 and floods the M25.
Ah the socialist "we know best" who more than likely never need venture to the sights of their catastrophes.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:08 AM   #43 (permalink)
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I live in Canberra (the national capital of Australia). It is a very picturesque place, only about 350,000 people. But its other distinction is that it is actually a roundabout nursery. We have lots of them. We sprout them here, feed them and grow them, then send them off as mature traffic management devices to the rest of the world. We love 'em, treat 'em like our children, or better even.

We love nothing more than throttling up on the way into a nice young roundabout, dropping the knee, leaning in and flipping out the other side with a good powerslide and a touch of counter steer. All on the way to work in the morning.

You should see what we do on the way home. And as they grow up, become bigger and acquire multiple lanes, the possibilities for fun expand enormously. Woohoo!

Gotta love those roundabouts!

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Old 11-01-2012, 02:57 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Hi Strumpeter you forgot to mention it is also the nursery for our countries leaders!
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:37 PM   #45 (permalink)
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As mentioned, there are plenty of round a bouts up here in New England. When I get the chance(no other traffic in the circle), I will ride the circle several times until another vehicle comes into it.

Good fun if it's safe to do so....
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As mentioned, there are plenty of round a bouts up here in New England. When I get the chance(no other traffic in the circle), I will ride the circle several times until another vehicle comes into it.

Good fun if it's safe to do so....
That's what they are for....... isn't it? Great fun!
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:00 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Hi Strumpeter you forgot to mention it is also the nursery for our countries leaders!
DaveM - actually, you lot out in the states grow them, and when they become stroppy teenagers, you can't stand them and so you send them off to us in the capital(along with deadbeat mates) in the hope they will grow up and do something useful.

Obviously, this strategy doesn't work, but we can't get rid of the buggers as fast as you send them. The place is expanding, getting clogged and losing its quiet roads, empty roundabouts and relaxed country town atmosphere..

Please don't send any more!

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