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Linglestown Gazette: Learning curve for motorists begins in roundabouts

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Learning curve for motorists begins in roundabouts

Linglestown's newly opened roundabouts made the front page of today's Patriot-News. CLICK HERE to for the article that includes a video.

Below is a video report from WHTM abc27.



At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Lower Paxton Township's police chief (quoted in today's Patriot-News) said that he does not know who has the right of way at the roundabouts. It's not very reassuring when even the top law enforcement and traffic officer is confused. What is especially unclear is whether people on Linglestown Road who want to stay on Linglestown Road past the roundabout have the right of way or if they need to yield the right of way to cars approaching from Mountain Ave. that have already entered the circle.

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's my understanding that once you are in the circle you have the right of way. . .NOT the "incoming" vehicles. and I thought the same thing about the comment the police officer made. . .if they don't know they should be FINDING out and educating!! Maybe after some time everyone will figure it out but I am thinking there will have to be an accident or two to make people educate themselves on the use of roundabouts!

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Kathie said...

My concern is that we're only hearing about the people who don't like or are confused about the roundabouts. We need to hear more of the positives from the many who do understand them and appreciate the traffic control and lesser chances of any accident beyond fenderbender.
The yield signs could be lower or bigger to capture the attention of the traffic that is approaching the roundabout. And perhaps a sign a block or two before the area that says "new traffic pattern, you're approaching a roundabout"

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the roundabout is a good idea, the square looks better and once the regulars "get it", I think it will be seen as a positive improvement.
Just remember:
YIELD to those ALREADY in the circle
happy driving!

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Q said...

I think the roundabouts work great, just need to know that you must yield to those already in the circle. Also, you can't speed through there either. The police were actually pulling people over yesterday for not yielding. I have had no problems with either roundabout and with a little common sense, i think they will work out just fine.

At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only did I go drive the roundabouts today and have no issues (i did see some other people struggle to fathom that they had the right of way in the circle), but i did some research, and roundabouts are considered to be considerably safer, reduce accidents and their severity, but traffic is supposed to flow through them much more smoothly in vehicles per hour. Obviously there will be a learning curve, but honestly, i like them, and will be happy to see more in the area... There's a reason they've been used in other countries for decades and decades... all we're doing here is finally catching up to the times.


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