Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Roundabouts and Roadkill

The view from my world this weekend was roundabouts and roadkill.

I took a few days away on a road trip.  In addition to the usual highlights of my trip, these two things stood out to me.   Roundabouts and roadkill.

They were everywhere.

A roundabout is a circular intersection or junction where traffic flows continuously in one direction around a central island.  Proponents say it is safer than typical intersections.  In the last few years, roundabouts have been popping up around the state.  It's the newest craze.

I like roundabouts under the following conditions:

  • They are big enough.  There is one roundabout near my home that is way too small.  You can barely get around it.  Busses have to ride the edge of the the central island to get around it. 
  • People know how to use roundabouts.  Too many people stop unnecessarily and clog up the roundabout. 

Roadkill was also prevalent on my trip.  I don't know if it is the season or the weather...but the roads were littered with the carcasses of small animals.  


betty said...

I'm not sure what I think about roundabouts. You are right, it does seem to be the newest "craze". I think as long as there is good education about it; have heard of some terrible accidents with people not knowing how to maneuver them. It does seem that there is always road kill around, isn't there?


Anonymous said...

We are in the process of having a really big roundabout put in about 1/2 a mile from our house. Only time will tell how we all respond to it. I guess that's what makes life interesting! :)

Patricia Lynne said...

Hubby and I went on a trip recently and stopped in a town that had THREE roundabouts in a row. I had no idea what I was doing, but managed to get through it and to the gas station we wanted to stop at.