The EP Times had a front page story today about the traffic circles, also known as "roundabouts," that are proving so controversial in El Paso.
I don't thing a roundabout is the answer to every traffic need and there's only one that I regularly drive through. However, MY traffic circle is the one the paper decided to use as their example of how "confusing" and "frustrating" they are. To this I say,"poppy-cock." This specific roundabout (at Country Club and Upper Valley) has the traffic, previously a nightmare, flowing smoothly and safely. As far as being "confusing"... and, I'm saying this with no hyperbole whatsoever ... a blind, retarded monkey could be taught to do it using nothing but a half a banana, a 5 minute session and some rudimentary Helen Keller-style palm sign-language.
I've taken the time to list some tasks that using the roundabout at Country Club and Upper Valley is actually easier than...click the jump below to see.