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(My Fox DC)   Most of us know how to handle D.C. traffic circles. FARK: This guy does not. (w/ video)   (myfoxdc.com) divider line 118
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2012-10-10 09:12:07 AM  
Subby, nobody knows how to handle DC traffic circles. Or any traffic circle, for that matter. They exist solely as a source of amusement for traffic engineers, and if you want proof of that just take a drive down Route 15 from Warrenton to Leesburg.
 
2012-10-10 10:08:39 AM  
Dupont Circle is the #1 reason I hate driving in D.C.

But this guy is either an idiot or impaired.
 
2012-10-10 10:25:37 AM  
Most? No, I think not
 
2012-10-10 10:25:47 AM  
Big Ben, Parliament!
 
2012-10-10 10:26:29 AM  
Why the superfluous "FARK:" in the headline?
 
2012-10-10 10:26:29 AM  

FishyFred: Dupont Circle is the #1 reason I hate driving in D.C.

But this guy is either an idiot or impaired.


He was putting his impairing substance in his trunk, I bet.
 
2012-10-10 10:27:52 AM  
South Louisiana is supposed to get some traffic circles soon. Might be an interesting afternoon to sit outside in a lawn chair with some beer and watch the inbred retards we have for drivers here try to successfully negotiate it.
 
2012-10-10 10:28:22 AM  
I'll bet he's got Maryland plates.
 
2012-10-10 10:28:34 AM  
Maybe he is from Boston where this is allowed 8:00 Am to 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:40 PM except or the third Tuesday.
 
2012-10-10 10:30:16 AM  
Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.
 
2012-10-10 10:30:25 AM  
blogs.pjstar.com

/Was it this guy?
 
2012-10-10 10:32:15 AM  
That video does not show a traffic circle - it is a circular pedestrian walk in a park! A much higher derp factor for the driver, who apparently couldn't find a farmers market.
 
2012-10-10 10:32:29 AM  
blogs-images.forbes.com

Someone forgot to get their map app updated.
 
2012-10-10 10:32:45 AM  
$10 says asian
 
2012-10-10 10:34:23 AM  
Pussy.

historc.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-10 10:34:52 AM  

This Looks Fun: Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.


That circle is controlled by lights. You ARE part of the problem if you can't handle it. On the other hand, THIS circle has no lights, and has three lanes entering and exiting the circle at all times.
 
2012-10-10 10:35:46 AM  

bigmoneygrip: South Louisiana is supposed to get some traffic circles soon. Might be an interesting afternoon to sit outside in a lawn chair with some beer and watch the inbred retards we have for drivers here try to successfully negotiate it.


well, new orleans has lee circle... but, it has lights in the traffic circle. so, it's kind of a failed traffic circle. but, at least you can just get out of your car and get drunk at the circle bar.
 
2012-10-10 10:35:47 AM  

This Looks Fun: Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.


What the fark is the eye of sauron doing in the middle of DC? Seriously, the whole point of a traffic circle is to avoid having traffic cross. Why build a traffic circle if you're just going to fark it up and make twice as many intersections?
 
2012-10-10 10:36:29 AM  

Blueintheballs: Pussy.

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Where IS that??
 
2012-10-10 10:36:31 AM  
Snore. I want my 2 minutes back.
 
2012-10-10 10:37:25 AM  

bigmoneygrip: South Louisiana is supposed to get some traffic circles soon. Might be an interesting afternoon to sit outside in a lawn chair with some beer and watch the inbred retards we have for drivers here try to successfully negotiate it.


Lafayette had some, last time I was there. Used to be one near my house. It had a big metal streetlight in the middle, kept getting knocked down. It was awesome.
 
2012-10-10 10:37:26 AM  

Cheron: Maybe he is from Boston where this is allowed 8:00 Am to 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:40 PM except or the third Tuesday.


If he were from Boston, he'd be able to navigate a simple rotary.
 
2012-10-10 10:37:42 AM  

drb9: This Looks Fun: I am clearly part of the problem.

You ARE part of the problem if you can't handle it.


I'm pretty sure there's a rule or a corollary to a rule somewhere that says you can't start and win an argument whose basis is agreeing with the thing you argue against, but just in case there isn't, congratulations on a hard-fought win.

/Rolleyes.
 
2012-10-10 10:37:48 AM  
the quality isn't good enough but my money's on those plates being Maryland
 
2012-10-10 10:38:17 AM  

Cold_Sassy: Blueintheballs: Pussy.

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Where IS that??


It's in Swindon, UK. Known locally as the magic roundabout. Never actually gone through it but it looks like fun!
 
2012-10-10 10:39:23 AM  
Zebedee last seen springing by and laughing at the silly people.
 
2012-10-10 10:42:14 AM  
Anyone calling it a "traffic circle" and not a roundabout is part of the problem.
 
2012-10-10 10:42:17 AM  

Blueintheballs: Cold_Sassy: Blueintheballs: Pussy.

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Where IS that??

It's in Swindon, UK. Known locally as the magic roundabout. Never actually gone through it but it looks like fun!


And now we know why Thursday Next settled there; it's obviously a time portal.
 
2012-10-10 10:42:44 AM  

Blueintheballs: Pussy.

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what the hell is that mess
 
2012-10-10 10:43:12 AM  

RumsfeldsReplacement: Cheron: Maybe he is from Boston where this is allowed 8:00 Am to 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:40 PM except or the third Tuesday.

If he were from Boston, he'd be able to navigate a simple rotary.


Navigating a simple rotary in Boston qualifies you for the Nationwide circuit.

/Dammit, Clarkson, stay out of Dupont Circle!
 
2012-10-10 10:44:02 AM  
I'm assuming subby has either never driven in DC or is a lost DCist commenter (thus oblivious to Washingtonians being the worst drivers in America).
 
2012-10-10 10:45:13 AM  

This Looks Fun: Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.


Who is the criminally, sadistically insane motherfarker that designed that?????
No driver EVER is to blame for any accident in that assault on logic.
 
2012-10-10 10:45:47 AM  
Link

Wow. The article and some other Farkers got the circle wrong. This is Washington Circle Park at Pennsylvania Ave and K street.
 
2012-10-10 10:47:29 AM  

drb9: This Looks Fun: Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.

That circle is controlled by lights. You ARE part of the problem if you can't handle it. On the other hand, THIS circle has no lights, and has three lanes entering and exiting the circle at all times.


Dood, that circle is easy to navigate. I live a mile from there and it's never a problem. Now Dupont circle is a damn mess. They have lights...too many lights in fact.
 
2012-10-10 10:47:43 AM  
Recently on the post, but not accepted on FARK :(

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/immigrants-learn-the-la n guage-of-dc-driving/2012/10/01/d91ef0ac-0112-11e2-9367-4e1bafb958db_st ory.html
 
2012-10-10 10:48:07 AM  
most people around here don't know how to drive in the round abouts. freakin people cutting me off all the damn time.
 
2012-10-10 10:48:08 AM  

This Looks Fun: Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.


The main problem with that circle (IMO) is poor signage and positioning of traffic lights so it's not immediately clear to users which directions and lights apply to you at any time. It's also unnecessarily complicated given the traffic load on it. Right of way for people coming from Ma Ave on the north isn't very clear either and the setup leads to conflicts between people making a left turn from Mass Ave (from the south) onto Nabraska.

I'm normally a fan of traffic circles - when properly implemented they are an extremely safe and efficient junction, but that's a shiatty traffic circle. I think it's the worst ive seen, with DuPont Circle coming in a close second.

/drives in DC
 
2012-10-10 10:48:11 AM  

LesterB: Blueintheballs: Cold_Sassy: Blueintheballs: Pussy.

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Where IS that??

It's in Swindon, UK. Known locally as the magic roundabout. Never actually gone through it but it looks like fun!

And now we know why Thursday Next settled there; it's obviously a time portal.


Love me some FForde


Also, as I live in Carmel, IN, I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-10-10 10:48:16 AM  
CSB time....

My friend and I risked our *lives* running across 6 or 7 lanes of traffic to barely make it to the ADT in Paris.

dvice.com

Having grown up in DC it was almost akin to running across the Beltway. I swear it was almost suicide. We high fived and pulled our underwear out of the crack of our behinds once we made it over. I swear I felt like frogger when we both turned and looked and saw this....

www.bugbitten.com

A MUTHERFARKING Pedestrian tunnel that goes beneath the street! WTF!!!!!!

We were so pissed. It seriously was not very well marked at all. JEBUS

/ECSB
 
2012-10-10 10:49:08 AM  
 
2012-10-10 10:50:02 AM  
I thought the rule for traffic circles in DC was to close your eyes, mash on the gas pedal, and hope for the best. Am I wrong?
 
2012-10-10 10:50:13 AM  
There's a traffic circle in Gainesville, simple 4 way crossing that they decided to mess up with a circle. people keep coming up to the thing and try to make a left while other traffic is in the roundabout, causing nasty head ons, the accident rate tripled since it was installed and backups are now the norm since people take merge as a personal affront here.
 
2012-10-10 10:51:34 AM  

This Looks Fun: Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.


What the fark is that thing? Someone was seriously going for a Yo Dawg with that...

Yo Dawg, I hear you like traffic circles so I put a traffic circle in your traffic circle so you can go around while you go around.

/traffic circle? I do not think that means what your traffic engineers think it means
 
2012-10-10 10:53:28 AM  
I love the concept of traffic circles, it keeps the flow of cars moving, you don't have to stop and wait for everyone going other directions and making turns in each direction to all get their turn before you can move again. Plus, during off peak times when there aren't many cars you can just roll through.

That said, there are WAY too many terrible drivers out there and I feel like I put my life at risk every time I enter a circle and they should probably be scrapped.
 
2012-10-10 10:56:15 AM  

Bundalo: I thought the rule for traffic circles in DC was to close your eyes, mash on the gas pedal, and hope for the best. Am I wrong?


Now here's somebody who's been to DC.
 
2012-10-10 10:58:26 AM  

This Looks Fun: Having been the reason for a wreck in a DC traffic circle, I am clearly part of the problem.

In my defense, this is the "circle" in question.


I hit that one for the first time a couple weeks ago. I didn't get why there was a circle there, which made it difficult.

I have a theory that in DC while building roads they walked a quarter mile, rolled two dice, averaged them, and then put that many lanes there. If they rolled doubles, they put a traffic circle there.
 
2012-10-10 11:00:19 AM  

Bundalo: I thought the rule for traffic circles in DC was to close your eyes, mash on the gas pedal, and hope for the best. Am I wrong?


That would certainly explain the general standard of driving in DC.
 
2012-10-10 11:03:26 AM  

RickyWilliams'sBong: I'm assuming subby has either never driven in DC or is a lost DCist commenter (thus oblivious to Washingtonians being the worst drivers in America).


I grew up in NOVA and left this year and was a full subscriber to the belief that DC people can't drive for shiat.

However, now I have to drive in Boston and those farkers make the most psychotic, illiterate DC cab drivers look like goddamned driving instructors.

On the very limited bright side, traffic circles are no big now.
 
2012-10-10 11:03:32 AM  

ChipNASA: CSB time....

My friend and I risked our *lives* running across 6 or 7 lanes of traffic to barely make it to the ADT in Paris.


You do know there's a tunnel, right ? And that attempting to cross the "place de l'étoile" is akin to cross a dual-carriageway ?

Anyway, I use this roundabout regularly. It's pretty unnerving, especially since, like all roundabouts in Paris, it obeys the obsolete rule of "yield on right" for roundabouts, whereas every other roundabouts in France have been "yield to the ones already in" for about 25 years.
When I saw the guys at Top Gear freaking out when on it, I yelled "Pussies" at my TV screen.
 
2012-10-10 11:03:33 AM  

My town's got a ton of unsigned small traffic circles. The stupidity boils down to a couple main mistakes:

Thinking you have to stop and/or look both ways before entering to be cautious. If you're clear on the left you are clear. Just roll on in, dummy. If you're slowing or stopping needlessly you're ruining the primary advantage of the circle. Overcautious scaredy-cats really kill roundabouts.
Enter with your exit in mind. Go to the inside only if you're going more than halfway through. Use the outside if you're just skirting the edge or going straight through.
Be tolerant of people needing to change lanes or reposition in the circle. Shiat happens, and it'll be you next week so effin' chill already.


Now all that said, I think they're far better than intersections. Traffic data shows that where people are familiar with them collision rates at roundabouts are far lower than intersections.
 
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