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Old 01-23-2008, 03:32 PM
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Here is the way I handle round-abouts, I take my golf cart everywhere to avoid them! :yikes:

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Old 01-23-2008, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by barefoot at last
Here is the way I handle round-abouts, I take my golf cart everywhere to avoid them! :yikes:

Except that at the Morse Circle you have to pass in front of cars and other vehicles when crossing the streets bordering the roundabout.
Old 01-24-2008, 04:24 PM
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For a carefully planned community,The Village roundabouts are an accident waiting to happen. It amazes me that this design flaw continues from one year to the next without correction. The phone book assumes that everyone understands all the rules and abides by them. This is not the case. The main problem is aggressive drivers enter from the left lane, continue to be overly aggressive and pull in front of the car in the right lane without looking. The burden of safety is strictly on the innocent driver in the right lane when the other car pulls in front to exit. Sad to say everyone thinks they are right. The solution to the problem is that given their small size, only allow one lane of traffic to enter circle. There is absolutely no need for the left lane other than to accommodate trucks. Minnesota and Wisconsin have solved this problem by making the inner lane tapered towards the inside and providing a brick or rubble surface finish. Result zero accidents, everyone gets the message.
Old 01-24-2008, 07:31 PM
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In 2003, I wrote articles for our Calumet Grove website. I interviewed the Sumter and Marion County sherriffs; also the Florida Highway Patrol. They all said that we are supposed to drive into the traffic circles in the right lane and stay in the right lane until whichever point on the traffic circle we turn right. All three officers told me that "It is NEVER legal to turn right from the left lane. Likewise, it is NEVER legal to turn left from the right we must "merge" from the golf cart lane into the automobile traffic lane to turn left on the streets where golf carts and cautomobiles share the road. And, vice versa with automobiles merging into the right (golf cart lane) before the corner.

That's why TV is doing all the merging of "golf cart lanes" iwith "automobile traffic lanes" before corners where golf carts and automobiles share the road.

They explained that European traffic circles are much bigger than our aat TV. In Europe they may get into the innner circle but change lanes to the outer circle before turning out. Remember Chevy Chase driving again and again around the inner lane of the traffic circle in "European Vacation"? He couldn't get out of the inner lane because he needed to merge into to the bumper-to-bumper traffic of the outer lane before he could turn out of the traffic circle.

BUT...the way THEY (TV?) painted the lanes on Buena Vista at the Stillwater traffic circle flies in the face of everything I've written in my first two paragraphs.

This is a scary issue that causes a lot of finger gestures currently. I believe I'm right, but I could be right with a crunched bumper or worse? This needs to be clarified OFFICIALLY with well-designed signs at EVERY traffic circle!!!!

On the "golf cart path at Churchill/Belmont/Pimlico" is a sign that says "no car traffic". The next sign tells the "golf cars" to go right. Huh?

May I suggest that we try for learer terminology? "Automobiles" always drive on roads; not on "golf cart paths". Sometimes "golf carts" share the roads with "automobiles". "Golf cart paths" are NOT for automobiles.

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