Europe has so-called mini-roundabouts which are just a blob of white paint
in the middle of a four-way intersection. Sexist as it may be, I have seen
several women arrive at such a roundabout and all stop waiting for the
others to go first, whereas blokes are more likely to barge out unless
something bigger is coming.
Then you get large roundabouts with sets of traffic lights all the way round
meaning it can take several minutes of stop-start driving to get a few yards
even in light traffic
If a roundabout has lanes then usually the entry (and exit) has lanes too.
So you pick your entry lane, and hence your circulating lane, according to
the exit you require. A roundabout is only as good as the people using it,
and IME poor driving skills show up here more than anyone else.
A pet hate is people who indicate right (in the UK) while going round a
roundabout, which is stupid as they have no other choice and they wouldn't
do it taking a bend anywhere else, then exit left still indicating right
compounding the incompetance.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Breneman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 5:24 PM
Subject: Re: Back..- roundabouts and Italians
> ... Unlike the ones in Europe
> or some east coast (US) cities, these are tiny (no larger than
> a regular 4-way-stop intersection) and poorly designed.
> How in the heck are you supposed to enter the roundabout,
> get into the inside lane, get back into the outside lane,
> and exit all in 50 feet?
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