Another (flat) roundabout?

LETTER

Re: It’s a hold up, January 31 letter.

I am 100 percent behind you with your opinion about the roundabouts being cluttered with flowers that you can’t see over the top of or around. The worst one I encounter daily is the one en route to Waikanae Beach. If you drive a small car or ride a bike, there’s no way you can see over or around it.

Maybe the council could see their way fit to put another roundabout — a flat one — at the Aberdeen Road-Lytton Road intersection too. It’s Merry Hell trying to get out to the hospital in peak traffic/school hours.

Well said “Free Flow” and happy motoring.

S.E. Robertson

Re: It’s a hold up, January 31 letter.

I am 100 percent behind you with your opinion about the roundabouts being cluttered with flowers that you can’t see over the top of or around. The worst one I encounter daily is the one en route to Waikanae Beach. If you drive a small car or ride a bike, there’s no way you can see over or around it.

Maybe the council could see their way fit to put another roundabout — a flat one — at the Aberdeen Road-Lytton Road intersection too. It’s Merry Hell trying to get out to the hospital in peak traffic/school hours.

Well said “Free Flow” and happy motoring.

S.E. Robertson

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Scott Batson, USA - 5 months ago
If you're looking at the other side of a modern roundabout when you're entering, you're driving unsafely. Drivers entering a modern roundabout should first look for pedestrians, then watch for other motorists approaching their entry, and then watch for pedestrians when exiting. The motorist on the other side of the circle won't get to you for 5 or ten seconds (watch a clock/your phone's stopwatch to see how long that is). Obscured views across the central island is one of the safety features that helps keep speeds near the optimum 15-20 mph (30 kmh) and helps ensure drivers recognise there is something in the usual path to slow for and go around.

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