22 July 2009

The Evil Roundabout Empire

So some poindexter who writes books about the exciting world of traffic engineering uses a bunch of facts and figures to discuss why we should surrender our sovereignty and allow the roundabout to be a mainstay on our roads. Despite the fact that trying to walk across one of these monstrosities is a death sentence, he's obviously never seen a little movie called National Lampoon's European Vacation.



This and another annoyances that make you want to shoot yourself in the face will be coming soon to a backed up traffic circle near you.

10 comments:

CI-Roller Dude said...

They've actually started using circles in my home town... you can hit them at 80 and shoot right through while the little old ladies stop and try to figure out which way to go.
They were kind of cool in Baghdad to.

Flag Gazer said...

My town too - they are not only insane, but they put them near elementary schools and it is truly frightening for the crossing guards.

They are even planning a multi-lane one.

However, I find that the center becomes an excuse to put truly expensive and ugly 'modern' sculpture

Sisu said...

C'mon! You know you miss them...especially when there are 6 in a row on 2 mile stretch of road. woot.

Nicholas Blendy said...

Big Ben. Parliament.

Nixon said...

Flag Gazer,

I don't even think people look to the right when they fly onto these things, lookout!

Sisu,

I don't miss that about Gig Hahba.

Ms. Kiyum said...

The only thing more confusing than a four-way stop for North Carolinians is a fucking roundabout. I can't even count how many times I've nearly been killed this year alone.

Katy said...

Another reason for my love/hate relationship with Berkeley - they have a ton of roundabouts.

olgreydog7 said...

Don't move to MD. They love them. I swear when I went back this summer, some four way sops had been converted to roundabouts.

Nixon said...

All,

Seems unanimous that roundabouts are universally unliked. So why do we keep building them?

Flag Gazer said...

I told you - the left can spend money on monstrosities they call art! We do have one that is a HUGE bear, but they planted trees around it so you can't see the bear!