The Apocalypse is here!
Be in fear! For rural Nova Scotia now has another roundabout!
Okay, it’s kind of like what the Armdale Rotary used to be. Only it’s like what the Armdale Rotary is now. A roundabout.
Now I for one have nothing totally against a roundabout. In theory. In fact, it saves lives because you’re less likely to be sideswiped in a roundabout, and if you do get smoked, it’s at a lower speed and better angle (thanks Wikipedia for your words of wisdom!)
However, I find it somewhat amusing that rural Nova Scotians now have to adjust to a roundabout when so many countryfolk avoid the Armdale Rotary (Roundabout) like the plague (actually more people would rather have the plague, I figger.)
All the construction on Commercial Street has led to a roundabout. And not just any simple roundabout, but one with enough lanes to get shoppers to all the big box stores in New Minas.
I’m fairly fearless in the Armdale Rotary (Roundabout): rule of the road means you pretty much give’r whenever there’s a hole in traffic. And if you want to keep people from getting in, you can give’r more (after all, they have to yield to people in the circle. Suckers.)
However, I fear roundabouts because most of us simple country folk aren’t edumacated in their proper usage. In fact, I’ll bet there’s still folk who go to the Armdale Rotary (Roundabout) and give one, take one, like the ol’ days.
Not that change is always a bad thing. But it took the Wolfville crowd time to adjust to the new four-way stop in town: http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=VDBrbHPtW7I&gl=US
I don’t hold high hopes for the new roundabout in New Minas, or the one they’d like to build in Bridgewater.
It’s probably a good thing collisions aren’t serious in roundabouts. I smell a few of them coming this Christmas season. Especially since Wolfville is home to a university population and drivers there couldn’t figure out the new stop sign.