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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Put the brakes on roundabouts

http://blogs.waukeshanow.com/conserv_speaking/archive/2008/09/19/slowing-down-on-roundabouts.aspx

Slowing down on roundabouts.

The I43 one is horrible. I am not a trusting sort when it comes to driving. I want to visibly see that an approaching vehicle is slowing down when it comes to a stop sign. People blatantly whiz through yellow in to red and very red lights these days, and I am supposed to trust them to let me in? (You can see how I got the nick name, Cautious Kyle)

Roundabouts are used in Europe. There most cars are small and stick shift. The roundabouts are large, the cars small.

Here they roundabouts are too small to work properly in heavy traffic areas. Certainly at the Ridge theater, when the movie lets out, the roundabout exit is a nightmare.

Grisa quote, 

There is much to watch when navigaing a roundabout. the one on grange is so small and after deciding if I can turn, I must then watch out for the entrance to the right.

Europeans may do this well, but as the VW company explains about lack of cup holders, you are supposed to be driving not drinking coffee. Here in America people are on the phone, drinking coffee and eating, and

I cannot depend on motorists to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or stop at a red light, but I am supposed to trust these same drivers to wait for me?

I agree with Mary, lets slow down on the roundabouts until we really know that Americans with American driving habits are responsible enough to use them.

In Brookfield, it really is of little consequence. I don't drive past those intersections where they are proposed. But what is wrong with wait and see. 

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