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Look, traffic circles are hard

Americans fight implementation of roundabouts.

Traffic is going in circles. Armed with mounting data showing that roundabouts are safer, cheaper to maintain and friendlier to the environment, transportation experts around the country are persuading communities to replace traditional intersections with them.

Appearances notwithstanding, roundabouts, such as the one in Mt. Rainier, Md., are not the same thing as rotaries or traffic circles, experts say.
There’s just one problem: Americans don’t know how to navigate them.

“There’s a lot of what I call irrational opposition,” said Eugene R. Russell Sr., a civil engineering professor at Kansas State University and chairman of a national task force on roundabouts, sounding mildly exasperated in a telephone interview. “People don’t understand. They just don’t understand roundabouts.”

7 Responses to “Look, traffic circles are hard”

  1. Astin Says:

    Roundabouts are great. But anyone surprised by Americans rejecting change hasn’t lived near you folks very long.

    Maybe they should work on getting you on the Metric system first.

  2. Dawn Summers Says:

    You will have to pry my ruler from my cold dead hand!

  3. VinNay Says:

    Hey look! Big Ben, Parliament.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgX6qlJEMc

  4. Pdov Says:

    Amateurs. Come to MA where there is abundance of roundabouts. Although I don’t really get the difference b/w rotaries and roundabouts. I tried googling, but got too bored.

  5. Dawn Summers Says:

    @vinnay lol I still hate those movies!

    @pdov I blame the democrats.

  6. fisch Says:

    Have you seen this? Totally gonna floor you if you haven’t.
    http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/warner-bros-reboots-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-with-script-from-whit-anderson/

  7. Katie Says:

    The funniest part of this is that there is a national task force on roundabouts. :p

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