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Comments on: Roundabouts, intersections and motorcycle safety http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=181 Good question . . . I write about motorcycles and why we ride them. en Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:08:30 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.2.2 by: <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>527</b><br /> <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>96</b><br /> Dubito http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=181#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2008 15:05:05 -0700 45571:181@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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Here in Australia (just substitute left for right when thinking of turns), we commonly refer to roundabouts as &#8220;fuckabouts&#8221; and planners seem to LOVE them. Unfortunately, there is a distinct difference between roundabouts where people know how to use them, and roundabouts where people don&#8217;t. A lot of this comes down to confidence getting into the flow of traffic in an appropriate sized gap, but almost nobody knows how to indicate properly. I much prefer them in a car or bike, but long sweeping turns with a lot of traffic aren&#8217;t great for oil on the road, either.
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Here in Australia (just substitute left for right when thinking of turns), we commonly refer to roundabouts as “fuckabouts” and planners seem to LOVE them. Unfortunately, there is a distinct difference between roundabouts where people know how to use them, and roundabouts where people don’t. A lot of this comes down to confidence getting into the flow of traffic in an appropriate sized gap, but almost nobody knows how to indicate properly. I much prefer them in a car or bike, but long sweeping turns with a lot of traffic aren’t great for oil on the road, either.

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As Dubito mentioned, it is one thing to have roundabouts where people know how to use them, and a completely different thing to have them where people have no clue how to use them. Here in Saudi Arabia it is dangerous enough to drive a car, let alone a motorbike, simply because the majority of drivers are oblivious of everything around them, and they leave almost no traffic law unbroken. They haven&#8217;t come to the realization yet that even cars can disappear into their blind spots. And here there is always a &#8220;me first&#8221; attitude to driving that prevents them from yeilding to other drivers when they should. Often times what will happen at a roundabout is that there will be a little traffic inside the roundabout, and a whole bunch of traffic coming like a stampede from outside the roundabout. Now the law says that the traffic from outside should yeild to those inside the roundabout. That doesn&#8217;t happen here in Saudi Arabia simply because the traffic inside the roundabout gets outnumbered. In such a situation, a regular intersection with traffic lights would be the quickest solution because the drivers here have their brains switched off by default. The right solution, which would take a very very long time, would be more education for the drivers on how to drive propoerly.
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As Dubito mentioned, it is one thing to have roundabouts where people know how to use them, and a completely different thing to have them where people have no clue how to use them. Here in Saudi Arabia it is dangerous enough to drive a car, let alone a motorbike, simply because the majority of drivers are oblivious of everything around them, and they leave almost no traffic law unbroken. They haven’t come to the realization yet that even cars can disappear into their blind spots. And here there is always a “me first” attitude to driving that prevents them from yeilding to other drivers when they should. Often times what will happen at a roundabout is that there will be a little traffic inside the roundabout, and a whole bunch of traffic coming like a stampede from outside the roundabout. Now the law says that the traffic from outside should yeild to those inside the roundabout. That doesn’t happen here in Saudi Arabia simply because the traffic inside the roundabout gets outnumbered. In such a situation, a regular intersection with traffic lights would be the quickest solution because the drivers here have their brains switched off by default. The right solution, which would take a very very long time, would be more education for the drivers on how to drive propoerly.

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