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Dusty Calfee: Roundabouts can work for us all

Dusty CalfeeFrisco

With regards to and : you’re both right.

After two years and 20K+ miles as a daily driver in New Zealand and Australia on roads where roundabouts are the rule, I’ve learned to love them when used properly. Here at home they seem stressful, some poorly built and poorly used by most. While the guardhouse does obscure the view of traffic and the center island isn’t quite big enough to force people to slow down to a proper speed, it does the job required given the unique circumstances of the Dam Road. The way we make it safer and more convenient for everyone is to slow down and use our signals, both to stay in and to exit. In my experience, just a couple of blinks gives the yielding driver enough information to make a safe go/no go decision with less over-braking, second guessing and frustration. We can educate ourselves and our guests better too. Town of Vail has some guidelines if you search, as does Town of Breck (strangely they omit mention of turn signals). Some lengthy text and videos can be found at the Arizona and Wisconsin D.O.T. websites but almost none from Colorado Dept. of Transportation.. A great one page visual comes from New Zealand (http://bit.ly/R07E9Q) – read the PDF and if necessary hold it in front of a mirror to put the cars on the right side of the road. Print out a copy and hand it your teen, or post it at the check in desk. Now let’s put our phones back in our pockets and drive.


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