Driving Multi-lane Roundabouts – YouTube
August 27, 2012 2 Comments
I’ve been reading today about roundabouts, a design concept that I’m a bit wary of. I think that single-lane roundabouts are intuitive enough, although I don’t think that they are great for pedestrians because they make it so cars never have to stop and often deflect the path pedestrians take through an intersection, making their travel longer. That’s bad enough, but multi-lane roundabouts are insane. No one I’ve ever talked to has known how to properly navigate one. I just watched this video trying to figure it out, and learned a lot. But if you have to watch a seven minute video to figure out how something works, doesn’t that mean that someone who comes up to it with maybe ten seconds or so to make a decision could very easily make the wrong one? I think the multi-lane roundabout is an urban design intervention that should be avoided at all costs.