Sunday, January 27, 2008

Traffic Circles

Yesterday Saga and I headed out early to head up to the top of Lookout Mountain in Golden. Aside from being a lovely drive (and yesterday morning was a lovely day for a drive – though I understand today is to be even nicer!) the road up lookout mountain has some lovely views of Golden, Denver, and the Front Range of the Rockies.

I had almost forgotten that Golden is one of the few places in The States where traffic circles are in commonly in use. There are five of them that I know of and I passed through all of them yesterday… they gave me pause for thought for a moment when I approached the first one. I had to remind myself to go around them in an counter-clockwise direction. (That’s anti-clockwise to those of you on the eastern side of the Atlantic…) Two years of living in the UK has made me think of Traffic Circles (Roundabouts) as something one navigates clockwise.

Ah well! At least it was a pretty light day of traffic and even had I missed the sign directing me to the right, I would have had no problem clearing the circle safely.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you’re day is headed the right direction!

Don Bergquist – January 27, 2008 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA


Hyperspider said...

Telluride has NO stop lights, only one roundabout that keeps things in order.

This very roundabout is where my Tandem Paraglide "pilot" landed mistakenly after misjudging where he wanted he originally wanted to land.

Oops! After we landed the police officer who watched the whole thing asked if everything was alright......

For my take off I have it up on youtube.

Don Bergquist said...

Parkers Prairie, Minnesota used to have one stop light, but an explosion at the fire house a few years ago took it out… they have never replaced it so they don't even have a traffic circle!

I'll have to check-out the video!