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# Curve roads the right way

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In those countries where traffic drives on the left, newly built roads should also curve to the left as this reduces the total distance to be travelled and would save fuel.

Why oh why do our so called "Civil Engineers" not understand this simple bit of geometry?

Or is it me?

 — gribble, May 08 2003

 I'm boggled to discover that the title says to curve roads the "right" way, while the example suggests curving to the left.

Or is it me?
 — beauxeault, May 08 2003

"Fifty-one percent of all turns are right turns. You know that?" -- Seinfeld episode.
 — pluterday, May 08 2003

Why not just keep them straight? Worked for the Romans...
 — saker, May 08 2003

Heh!
 — pluterday, May 08 2003

Can we start making madness jokes now?
 — Shz, May 08 2003

Maybe they would have to return to where you started, if not the return trip would have the roads curving to the right.
 — Zimmy, May 08 2003

How annoying, to be in a constant state of turningness.
 — bristolz, May 08 2003

[MrBurns] I believe there is theory that states the shortest distance between two points is NOT a straight line -- space itself IS curved.. it's a distinct curve.. I don't know if this post is referring to such.
 — mahatma, May 08 2003

exactly bris, I couldn't imagine a world that turned all the time
 — po, May 08 2003

In the case of dag's spiral, eventually the car would have to curve, too, to manage the decreasing radius. If you left it open and added a couple of ramps, you could drive right into the trunk (/boot) of your own car could drive right into the trunk (/boot) of your own car could drive right... I mean LEFT. Left. Sorry, for a minute there I forgot we were supposed to go left. Nevermind.
 — beauxeault, May 08 2003

Why not just make all roads downhill.
 — Trodden, May 09 2003

And one-way. It'd take weeks to get home...
 — thumbwax, May 09 2003

In life, it's the journey that matters, not the destination...
 — DrCurry, May 09 2003

Certainly true on any orbital road around a major city, [DrC]
 — PeterSilly, May 09 2003

 OK, you people are right, this is a non starter. I came up with the idea at the end of a a ten mile run, on an especially long curve, in the heat. I was baffled at why the cars didn't cut the corners like I was doing.

I just don't think clearly sometimes.
 — gribble, May 10 2003

I kind of wish that they would tilt all roads around corners so that your car wants to turn that way on its own. Many of the roads around here actually slope the wrong way and seem to be actively trying to fling you into the nearest field.
 — 2 fries shy of a happy meal, May 10 2003

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