Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Roundabouts <> Traffic Circles

This article showed up in The Record today.

That article makes my brain hurt and makes me shake my head. Ok well, the announcement is awesome. Franklin Blvd will function much better with the roundabouts. The first half of the article is great... roundabouts have worked well in the Region, mayor supports, etc. The second half of the article is the brain-hurting-head-shaking part.

Many people in the community don't like the change. "Critics" argue that roundabouts will frustrate drivers. Who are these magic critic people and how to I get a hold of them? Seniors have no interest in learning how to use them. The corridor will be DANGEROUS and CHAOTIC! You know, because the resulting slower speeds, reduced collision opportunities, reduced environmental impact and general pleasing aesthetic WILL BE DANGEROUS AND CHAOTIC!! Run for the hills, people.

For my final point. The article refers to these things as TRAFFIC CIRCLES.

ROUNDABOUTS <> TRAFFIC CIRCLES

ROUNDABOUTS ARE NOT TRAFFIC CIRCLES

TRAFFIC CIRCLES AND ROUNDABOUTS ARE DIFFERENT


Ok, enough yelling. This article is frustrating because it is only hindering the progression of education regarding roundabouts. The construction is approved and ready to go so why not have an article highlighting the features of the corridor to produce more knowledgeable and better prepared drivers? Ugh, I need a drink.

Love, you local roundabout enthusiast
Erica

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