Sunday, November 17, 2013

The roundabout wins

In the video above, the Mythbusters looked at the American 4-way stop v. the roundabout to see which was more efficient at moving traffic. Yes, there is a clear winner.

When I first started driving in New Zealand, I found roundabouts challenging—I’d never encountered them before, though before I left, Chicago was starting to introduce some on a few residential streets. Now, I find them an incredibly easy way to get around and I prefer them to traffic lights/stop signs.

I’ve had some Americans tell me that they can’t imagine how they could ever adapt to roundabouts, but I can attest to the fact that it’s surprisingly easy. However, I don’t like BIG roundabouts, ones controlling three or more roads. But for two roads, I think they’re pretty much ideal.

The YouTube description says this “only Aired in Australia on SBS One, August 3, 2013”, but I hope that’s not true: It would be a shame if Americans never got to see it and learn that sometimes people in other parts of the word do things better.


rogerogreen said...

They give me the hiccups. There are three, pretty much in a row, on a local road.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

The funny thing is, while I'm used to them—and quite like them—in New Zealand, I think I'd have the vapours if I tried to drive through one in the US because of driving on the other side of the road.