Currently 3 Responses
- US highway planners have tragically missed countless opportunities for safer and more economical traffic regulation, by building stop lights at any intersection, to allocate priorities. They have: caused drivers to waste billions of gallons of fuel; induced dangerous levels of stress in drivers trying to calculate the risks of continuing as the lights are turning yellow; made taxpayers pay billions in infrastructure construction and light maintenance; allowed drivers to feel a legitimate entitlement to fill the time wasted at lights (using cell phones, applying make-up, reading maps) so that they fail to move timely on green; and added significantly to drivers' frustration by making them gaze for lengthy periods at empty intersections.
The European experience has been positive. While roundabouts don't replace every stop light, they can be used very effectively in countless locations - sometimes supplemented by lights at peak periods.
A major factor, in my opinion, against roundabouts' adoption in the US is access to cheap fuel. I understand the horrified cries every time prices oscillate by 15 or 20 cents; however, if US consumers were paying - for example, UK prices - at $ 8.10 per gallon, the enthusisam for economising would be greatly enhanced; enforced idling might get more attention and spur consumers to look for ways to make real savings . (The only countries I have visited which dont have comparable prices, incidentally, are the oil producers in the Middle East.)
Finally, we need to look at mini roundabouts to replace 3/4/and more way stop signs, to reduce the idling time wasted at these intersections.. I am looking for a suitable forum to advance this concept, and welcome any suggestions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
- Can't hardly wait for the first of many traffic snags, driver confusion, pedestrian confusion. I'm overwhelmed by the huge number of pedestrians walking along US 41 just waiting for the opportunity to cross the road. This over reaction to bay front connectivity is just that. There are never large numbers of pedestrians waiting to cross because there is nothing for them to cross over for.
- The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHzly_6lWM ).
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iihsRAB for FAQs and safety facts.
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