Rotaries and Traffic Patterns
Growing up just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, rotaries were ubiquitous. Part of learning to drive included how to navigate them. Not a big deal as they were all around.
Until recently you didn’t see too many here in Indiana. They were about as common as Albino deer, Elvis sightings and Democrats.
Now they’re all over the place. Hoosiers are presently experiencing a somewhat elevated learning curve as they get used to them.
So what brings me to this?
They changed a traffic pattern in my town that I’ve been driving through for 44 years. The lane I was in is now one in which one is supposed to go straight-no longer left. The state trooper who pulled me over was cool about it. They were out in force. Fishing in a barrel. No citation just a little education.
I’m guessing that, as is the case with all fields, the design of traffic patterns continues to evolve. There must be some data that supports rotaries. Otherwise, I wouldn't see so many of them popping up. Hoosiers are not typically “early adapters/adopters.” That there is an understatement.