Yes, roundabouts will come. No, the world won’t end.
Roundabouts are VERY dangerous! Expect many accidents. Total confusion.
Dave also has it figured out, although his facts are a bit off. (Roundabouts are cheaper to maintain and state DOTs are adopting roundabout first policies.)
Roundabouts are not the answer. They are confusing to drivers and costly to maintain. Many states that have them are getting rid or have already gotten rid of them.
And Kurt has an idea:
…should we ask the million or so people who visit TC every year to “learn something new”? Yep, that’s what we should do … become the vacation destination to teach people how to use roundabouts!
Actually, that’s not a bad idea.
My issue with these comments is that they portend to speak for the entire community, but a few loud individuals claiming roundabouts have been rejected by the community does not make it a fact. Some like them; others don’t. Reminds me of everything else.
Roundabouts are a tool with a proven track record of safety and efficiency. They aren’t a panacea for all of our traffic woes. They are simply a tool. As I commented on the Ticker, as with signalized intersections, some are well designed, others are not (some in this plan are not).
If a driver has an inability to navigate a roundabout safely, I’d rather see them have their privilege to drive taken away then to see Traverse City miss an opportunity for safer and more efficient streets. As it stands now, that same driver probably shouldn’t be trusted to make left turns, the most dangerous maneuver out there.
I look forward to an informed discussion and it looks like the Modern Roundabouts Resource page needs to be maintained.
Roundabouts have been discussed on MyWHaT frequently, here are a few from the archive:
- Modern Roundabouts: Saving Lives, Saving Money
- Roundabouts Don’t Cause Chaos, People Do
- Roundabouts continue to attract local, state and national attention
- Around we go, yet another entry in the series about roundabouts
- One Town, One Roundabout and a Design that Celebrates People
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