Transit Roundabout Trend Is A Nightmare

Transportation planners across the U.S. are replacing stop signs with roundabouts designed to slow drivers. The impact is precisely the opposite.
January 19, 2002, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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So far, there have been more than 500 accidents at the [Clearwater, Florida] roundabout, which was touted at its opening as the greatest ever built in the U.S... The frequency of accidents is eight times higher at the roundabout than at the intersections it replaced. City officials say the crashes are less severe, primarily because cars are now moving more slowly.It's a similar story elsewhere. As traffic planners across the U.S. rip out stop signs to install roundabouts that can slow aggressive drivers, some cities are discovering that these so-called "traffic-calming devices" do exactly the opposite... In some places, accident rates have surged after the installation of roundabouts, causing them to be razed in favor of old-fashioned traffic lights or stop signs.

Thanks to D. Watson

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Published on Friday, January 18, 2002 in Wall St. Journal
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