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what is the point of a rotary?

 
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what is the point of a rotary?
any insight into what the hell the point of a rotary is? there is no bigger moment on the road when its time to flip everyone off
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Re: what is the point of a rotary?
Rotary engine? Rotary telephone? Just what the fuck are you babbling about?
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Re: what is the point of a rotary?
rotary club? wtf
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Re: what is the point of a rotary?
A roundabout is a type of road junction at which traffic enters a one-way stream around a central island. In the United States it is technically called a modern roundabout, to emphasize the distinction from the older, larger type of traffic circle.

Overall, roundabouts are statistically safer than both traffic circles and traditional intersections

--having 40% fewer vehicle collisions, 80% fewer injuries and 90% fewer serious injuries and fatalities (according to a study[7] of a sampling of roundabouts in the United States, compared with the intersections they replaced). Roundabouts also reduce points of conflict between pedestrians and motor vehicles and are therefore considered to be safer for them. However, roundabouts, especially large fast moving ones, are unpopular with some cyclists. This problem is sometimes handled on larger roundabouts by taking foot and bicycle traffic through a series of underpasses.

At intersections with stop signs or traffic lights, the most serious accidents are right-angle, left-turn, or head-on collisions that can be severe because vehicles may be moving fast and collide at high angles of impact. Roundabouts virtually eliminate those types of crashes because vehicles all travel in the same direction and most crashes are glancing blows at low angles of impact.[8]
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Re: what is the point of a rotary?
Thanks for that article about roundabouts, I've never lived anywhere that has them. I do spend some time in Vancouver BC Canada where they have them and as a pedestrian they make me a little uncomfortable, I'm not used to them and don't know what to do.

I don't drive so that doesn't enter into it. I didn't know they were supposedly safer so that's interesting to know.

How can they be safer for pedestrians when the cars don't stop?
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Re: what is the point of a rotary?
Thanks for that article about roundabouts, I've never lived anywhere that has them. I do spend some time in Vancouver BC Canada where they have them and as a pedestrian they make me a little uncomfortable, I'm not used to them and don't know what to do.

I don't drive so that doesn't enter into it. I didn't know they were supposedly safer so that's interesting to know.

How can they be safer for pedestrians when the cars don't stop?
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vehicles go slower, and there are no line-of-sight problems like at right angle intersections
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Re: what is the point of a rotary?
Here in St.Louis, there is about five of em and I hate em. Folks that jump on them love to speed the hell up as to make it that much harder for the next guy to get in.
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Re: what is the point of a rotary?
Must be a Yankee thing. I've only seen one in OKC, and that was 30+ years ago.

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