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Re: Polish Roads and Driving

"and the hard-shoulder/footpath are where, exactly?"

There are none!

(i'm presuming this is like most roads here - used by everything from a Hummer to the local 90y-old pedestrian on his drunken route to the village shop)"

Yep. Tractors; cycles; pedestrians taking a shortcut; horse and carts, even

Re: Polish Roads and Driving

I guess town planners learn by their mistakes.

I was wondering that blue coloured bit on the roundabout sign (between 9 o'clock and 6 o'clock)- does that mean it's not a proper roundabout just a fancy junction?

Re: Polish Roads and Driving

it might just mean the planners had a spare sign and thought "that'll do nicely" ...

Re: Polish Roads and Driving

no, i have no idea how that happened. at least it was polite.

Re: Polish Roads and Driving

The fixed speed camera 1 km further on does slow down traffic though.

Re: Polish Roads and Driving

Yeah these square roundabouts drive me crazy - they are all over the place in our neck of the woods. It would be interested to know if this was recently designed like that, or whether they've just resurfaced a old communist design. You would think it would be obvious to road planners that if you're not forced to give way then it needs lights.

Re: Polish Roads and Driving

You have to remember that even 20 years ago there were hardly any cars on the roads in Poland because a car was such a luxury item. Now they have a nightmare on their hands.

Re: Polish Roads and Driving

Indeed, 20 years ago, there were hardly any roundabouts either, hence the current crop's problematic design and the Poles' inability to deal with them. My wife still shouts at me that I indicate left when approaching a roundabout to take the third exit and switch to the right indicator when passing the second.

That junction in particular is a nightmare and has been since the longer stretch of the bypass was opened some years after the roundabout itself. When the road was initially opened, everyone HAD to turn left - the road ahead visible through the windscreen hadn't even been laid yet. When it did eventually open, it lead to accusations of people 'driving by memory' - a phrase I have never encountered anywhere in the world but Poland, and one which is used here on a daily basis. Maybe it really IS all the town planners' faults?