The Case for Roundabouts

While some Americans find them confusing, traffic roundabouts are good for the environment and cut down on time spent in traffic, say transportation planners.
May 5, 2011, 1pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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This lightweight public radio piece sets up the premise that roundabouts "cause a rift between cities and drivers", but only quotes one "unimpressed" local, who says that people find it confusing. Meanwhile, planners tout that the roundabout could inspire development, make the area pedestrian-friendly, and be good for the environment.

Tony Arnold reports on a new roundabout being constructed in Tinley Park, Illinois:

"It's just the latest example of a growing trend in suburbs around the country. The goal is to cut down on traffic congestion as well as accidents."

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Published on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Marketplace
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