Roundabouts resource page: for those seeking an informed choice
The preliminary recommendation from traffic engineer Ian Lockwood for Division St. and now Grandview Parkway, is a series of roundabouts. As expected, the initial reaction by some has been bombastically negative, but many more people are simply intrigued and open to learning more.
Let’s focus on the curious.
Peruse the information below and then contribute your comments on the issue at MyWHaT, Plan for TC & to City Commissioners. Whatever the outcome, this is a great learning opportunity for the community.
For your reading and viewing pleasure, there is a roundabout toolkit below. First, you might like an unrelated article that asks the basic question: Can Roads Control Your Driving?
Typical response to roundabouts, repeated again and again across the country
A video of the country’s busiest roundabout:
50,000 vehicles/day, 8000 pedestrians/day
MDOT has a good resource, but listed below are some of the more robust & easy to navigate Web sites and a few studies thrown-in:
- FHWA: Roundabouts – A Safer Choice
- Do Roundabouts Work for Bicycles and Pedestrians?
- USDOT: Roundabouts – An Informational Guide
- FDOT: Bicycle and Pedestrian Considerations at Roundabouts
- NY-DOT’s Roundabout First policy (PDF)
- Special consideration for the blind
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
- Impressive resource for Alaska’s Roundabouts
- Including this Myths & Facts resource
- Positive Effect of roundabout operations on pollutant emissions
- And of course, Roundabout USA
And yes, they can handle trucks
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