I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.   

My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss and her phone went flying.  All was well as I have seen way too often and was able to adjust to her negligent driving and had almost anticipated it .  That was until she proceeded to let me know I was #1 with her left hand and then profusely laid on her horn to apparently celebrate that fact.  I let it go at that and carefully exited out of the roundabout as she sped by reminding me how important I was.  Sadly, she had no idea that she had nearly caused the accident and would have been 100 percent at fault.  

I have seen it way too often and am not sure if some drivers just can’t follow the simple layout, just fail to see the yield signs or just don’t care.  Either way, it may be time for a little driver’s education on roundabouts and here are some simple steps for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians courtesy of the Center for Transportation Research and Education.

 

The “modern” roundabout has come into favor recently as an effective means of controlling traffic at intersections. Roundabouts more effectively minimize delay and have a better safety performance than stop controlled intersections when it comes to high severity collisions. The new roundabouts have improved geometric design over the older roundabout found in North America in the 1960’s and offer overall better performance than their predecessors or intersections. 

Roundabouts are intersections that direct traffic in a counterclockwise direction about a center island. They have no stop signs or traffic signals. Yield signs, directional signs, and pavement markings guide traffic through the intersection.

Approaching vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk and to traffic in the roundabout. When you enter, yield to circulating traffic from the left, but do not stop if it is clear. 

Motorists:
1) Approach: Slow down to the posted speed. Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk; they have the right-of-way.

2) Enter: Yield to vehicles from the left in the roundabout. Wait for a gap in traffic, and merge into traffic in the roundabout in a counterclockwise direction. 

3) Proceed: Continue through the roundabout until you reach your street. Never stop in the roundabout.

4) Exit: Signal, then exit the roundabout to your right. Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Pedestrians:
1) Approach: At the pedestrian crosswalk, look left.


2) Cross: Cross to the raised or painted splitter or refuge. Look right. Finish crossing to the opposite sidewalk.

Cyclists:
1) Cyclists can walk their bicycles across the pedestrian crosswalk. 


2) Experienced cyclists may navigate roundabouts like motorists. Do not hug the curb. Ride in the middle of the lane to prevent vehicles from passing you. Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks. 

Chris Morgan
Chattanooga


Shocked By Chief Robert Simpson's Replacement

After reading the article in today's TFP paper about the replacement of Chief Robert Simpson, I was shocked.  I  have had the privilege of knowing Chief Simpson for 25 years.  He is honest and a hard worker.  Reading the list of improvements made for the police department and the city's benefits from his hard work, I wonder what does the city want? We always ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hit Dog Hollers

There is a country expression a fellow might use when he knows there will be a backlash and when it comes, “It’s a hit dog that hollers” the older men will say. Boy, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander didn’t let the sun shine on his hind leg before he wailed as the USDA’s new rules to curb the soring of Tennessee Walkers became public. Crafty ol’ Lamar, of course, said he was against ... (click for more)

Man With Gun Runs From Police At Hamilton Place Mall; Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

A man who was found to be armed with a handgun was chased by police early Saturday afternoon. He pushed shoppers out of the way during the pursuit, which included racing down an escalator.   Erwin J. Rogers, 22, of 6111 Nottingham Dr., is facing multiple charges.    Around 1:50 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall ... (click for more)

Arrest Made In Sunday Night Murder In LaFayette

An arrest has been made in a murder in LaFayette, Ga., on Sunday night. The Walker County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating thehomicide that was reported to the Sheriff's Office at about  7:25 p.m.   Law enforcement officers, Walker County Emergency Services and the coroner worked the crime scene on Wheeler Road ... (click for more)

Lady Hawks' Massengill Verbally Commits To Lady Vols

Hamilton Heights’ Lady Hawks defeated Providence Day, out of Charlotte, North Carolina, 62-38 behind a 30-point effort by Amber Hunt in the Music City Classic at Whites Creek High School and a few hours after junior Jazmine Massengill announced she had made a verbal commitment to the Tennessee Lady Vols. The same teams met in the day’s final contest and the Hawks rolled to ... (click for more)

MLK King Of The Court Tips On Monday At UTC

The inaugural Waffle House MLK King of the Court event presented by CABC will be held on Monday. This event features 10 teams in five games. The event will be held at Maclellan Gym on the campus of UTC.  It was created to help grow the excitement and exposure of basketball in the greater Chattanooga area while celebrating a great American hero, said officials. This ... (click for more)