[quote=“Guido, post:255, topic:686”]
train drivers how to properly deal with pedestrians at [traffic circles][/quote]
Isn’t it something along the lines of “Good luck!”
There are a few traffic circles popping up around here, too. I sometimes go through one on the way to work. It is on one of my alternate routes and there are rarely any other cars around, so I occasionally use it as my own personal skidpad, which is fine until I get to work and my backpack is on the passenger side of the back seat. The problem with that one is they put a big, raised planter in the middle, so you can’t see if anyone is walking across on the other side. I go 3/4 the way around, as mentioned, often quickly. Thankfully, there is only one office building around there and it has a parking garage, so there is just about zero foot traffic in the area, but still, I have to be cognizant of the possibility. I believe this satellite view is from just before the streets were opened, and it is hard to see how much the plantings in the middle block the view across.
Sometime in the past year or two, they put in these roundabouts a little farther out in the country along the freeway feeder road interchanges. They’re big, wide, and mostly flat, so even if a semi-truck is going 3/4 the way around, he can either clear it or the back can run up on the small curbing and swing through the center. It isn’t too far from a lake and camping spots, so there is also a lot of recreational trailer traffic (RVs & boats). I couldn’t find a satellite view of the finished product, but seeing it under construction gives a pretty good idea of how that layout is an improvement over the old two-way and four-way stop intersections.
There is one down in our museum district that has been around as long as I can remember, and it is an absolute cluster fsck if you’re not going along with the majority of the traffic…
Why yes, that is a big honkin’ fountain in the middle of FRIGGIN MAIN STREET! It is pandemonium sometimes. If you’re getting off on one of the side streets, you had better be watching all around you and keep the eyes in the back of your head peeled, because the people going straight-ish through just assume everyone else is, too.