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September 08, 2008



All the roundabouts in my neck of the woods (Lakewood and Golden, Colorado) seem to be placed with the sole aim of slowing traffic down. They are placed in low-traffic subdivisions where you are unlikely to meet anyone coming from any direction--intersections where a yield sign is a more likely alternative than a stoplight. And I agree with the statement in the Time article that "the problem is teaching Americans how to navigate them." Having lived in Turkey for several months and Portugal for two years, I am frustrated by people (particularly those in my way) who treat a roundabout like a stop sign.


The trouble here - and in many suburbs - is that people are very much used to unimpeded travel on roads built for speed. It'll take people a while to get used to the idea that pedestrians and bikers need their space as well.

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