The Handy San Marco Roundabout Quiz

The Handy San Marco Roundabout Quiz

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Now that it’s finally open, San Marco Boulevard is one of the few roundabout regulated streets in Duval County. Do you know what to do in a roundabout? Whether you’re an expert from your European travels, or a relative newbie, you can test your knowledge of roundabout laws below. Ready? Let’s go!

1. Traffic in a roundabout flows:

a.   Clockwise (to the left)

b.   Counterclockwise (to the right)

 

2. In a roundabout, who yields?

a.   Entering traffic yields to roundabout traffic

b.   Roundabout traffic yields to entering traffic

 

3. True or false:  Roundabouts and traffic circles are the same things.

 

4. The purpose of a roundabout is:

a.   to slow down traffic

b.   to keep traffic moving

c.   both

d.   neither

 

5. True or False: Roundabouts are safer for pedestrians than 4-way stop lights.

 

6. The safe top speed for a San Marco roundabout is:

a.   15 mph in peak traffic

b.   25 mph in off-peak traffic

c.   15 mph in all traffic

d.   a and b only

 

7. Roundabouts reduce:

a.   intersection maintenance costs

b.   fuel costs

c.   crash costs

d.   all of the above

 

8. At the roundabout crosswalks, cars must:

a.   yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk

b.   yield to pedestrians waiting to cross

c.   disregard pedestrians, cars have the right-of-way

d.   a and b only

 

9. At roundabouts, pedestrians must:

a. use designated crosswalks only

b. cross one lane at a time

c. wait in the median refuge until it’s safe to cross

d. wait for traffic to yield at the crosswalk

e. all of the above

 

10. At roundabouts, pedestrians must NOT:

a.   cross the center island

b.   step out in front of swiftly approaching traffic

c.   assume traffic will stop just because you’re in the crosswalk

d.   all of the above

 

11. If you miss your turn in the roundabout:

a.   take the next turn and bushwhack

b.   stop and back up

c.   just go around again!

 

12.   Balis Park now functions as:

a.   A giant roundabout

b.   A pedestrian refuge

c.   A central park

d.   All of the above

 

How did you do? Whether you aced it or bombed it, remember these answers the next time you drive in San Marco!

 

Answers: 1. b    2. a    3. False: traffic circles handle large amounts of traffic at high speeds.    4. c    5. True    6. d    7. d    8. d    9. e    10. d     11. c    12. d

 

By Andrew Dickson, Parks Chair

San Marco Preservation Society

Sources: Wallwork, Michael. “A Traffic Circle and a Roundabout Are Not the Same.” Editorial. Herald-Tribune.com. Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 21 June 2009. Web. 27 Jan. 2013.

“A Guide to Roundabouts.” A Guide to Roundabouts. Florida Department of Transportation, n.d. Web.

Sources: Wallwork, Michael. “A Traffic Circle and a Roundabout Are Not the Same.” Editorial. Herald-Tribune.com. Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 21 June 2009. Web. 27 Jan. 2013.

“A Guide to Roundabouts.” A Guide to Roundabouts. Florida Department of Transportation, n.d. Web.

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