Roundabouts can work |

Roundabouts can work

There are two types of people venturing into roundabouts: Those who understand the concept, and those who haven’t figured out how to merge in any situation. I see the same behavior any time vehicles need to merge. Some people think that everyone else always needs to yield to them. Most of us have figured out that if you use a little planning, rational judgment and predictable behavior, everything works smoothly.

Traffic circles are not inherently dangerous. People who can’t merge properly are the problem. Merging is the subtle art of sometimes allowing other people to get ahead of you. It’s a cooperative behavior, not a traditional confrontational driving behavior. Unfortunately, many people just haven’t figured it out yet.

Traffic circles allow for the smooth flow of traffic. I guess there are some people who like repeated stopping, starting, and battling to see who goes next.

When properly used, including the one near Sierra College, they are safe and work well.

I’d like to see a traffic circle at the always challenging intersection of Ridge, Zion and Nevada City Highway.

Jeff Carver

Nevada City

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