Sunday, March 19, 2006

Roundabouts, Traffic Signals, and Socialized Medicine

Some guy named Wayne Sandberg is pushing European-style roundabouts on Metro roadways in Minnesota. He says that, in 10 years, they will be as common as traffic signals.

I knew a guy named Wayne Sandberg, but he would never be pushing European socialism on us. It must be a different guy.

The other thing that comes to mind is a scene from National Lampoon's European Vacation.


Blogger Cyborg2000 said...

I live with myself by telling myself that its an australian thing...

March 21, 2006 6:41 PM  
Blogger chrisheadrick said...

They replaced a bunch of four-way stop signals with roundabouts in the suburb of South Pasadena, near my home...

They've been there for about two years now, and people still don't know what to do. Without fail, every time I arrive at the roundabout stop sign when other drivers are present, they all look around in confusion, wondering who has the "right of way".

When I try to solve things be entering the roundabout (there is no right of way in a simply yield to people already in the roundabout)...I inevitably get angry stares or honks because people think I'm "cutting to the front of the line" by going first when I was supposed to let the person who arrived at the stop signs first go, or the person on my right, or whatever they think it is. The point is that everyone is always stuck at those signs, confused about who should go first.

March 27, 2006 3:56 PM  

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