To the editor: It was with great amusement that I read the tips in the Aug. 18 edition on how to navigate a multi-lane roundabout. Apparently, one is to stay in the left lane if he wishes to go straight through the roundabout or make a left turn or U-turn. However, one is not to change lanes while in the roundabout.
This is reminiscent of Hotel California: “You can check out any time you’d like, but you can never leave.”
A multi-lane roundabout is a series of accidents waiting to happen. This is especially true when drivers do not frequently encounter roundabouts. Several years ago, a multi-lane roundabout was installed on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh near the N.C. State bell tower. After multiple accidents, it was converted into a single-lane roundabout.
This fiasco was the brainchild of the NCDOT, the source of the aforementioned tips. Are roundabouts really a viable solution or simply a costly fad?
Jim Herrmann, Flat Rock