Ask Joe: Are there any plans for pedestrian safety at new roundabout?

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Updated: 5/16 6:52 pm
Question:
Traffic roundabouts always take a little getting used to, and one of our viewers has a question about plans for a new one near a local school.
Mary Jo wrote saying she noticed a roundabout is planned at Mayberry and Hunter Lake Drive. Since this is a short block from Hunter Lake Elementary School, and traffic does not stop at a roundabout, she wants to know what has been arraigned for students to cross that intersection safely?

Answer:
Joe spoke with two RTC officials who said the school district is on board with this plan and the measures which will be taken to ensure students are able to cross the street safely.
The RTC's Michael Moreno said since cars will be traveling slower, it will be safer for kids to cross. Moreno also said they are considering a pedestrian-activated signal to help alert drivers when kids are crossing the street.
But when Joe talked to the principal at Hunter Lake, Amanda McWilliams, she said she and many parents are against the roundabout, because of concerns about student safety.
McWilliams said the RTC has not provided any plans for crosswalks or lights to help students get across the street once this roundabout is built.
So clearly, there seems to be some confusion over this project.
There is a public meeting planned at Hunter Lake Elementary School from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. If you want to express your concerns or get some questions answered, that will be a good place to do it.
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ScottRAB - 5/19/2014 9:36 AM
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Many people confuse older styles of circular intersections with modern roundabouts. East coast rotaries, large multi-lane traffic circles (Arc D’Triomphe), and neighborhood traffic circles are not modern roundabouts. If you want to see the difference between a traffic circle, a rotary (UK roundabout) and a modern roundabout (UK continental roundabout), go to http://tinyurl.com/kstate-RAB to see pictures. And here’s another site that shows the difference between an older rotary and a modern roundabout: http://tinyurl.com/bzf7qmg The FHWA (http://tinyurl.com/fhwaRAB) has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHzly_6lWM ). Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iihsRAB for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA, http://tinyurl.com/7qvsaem

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oldguyincc - 5/17/2014 11:04 AM
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Who decided that roundabouts are good? In a roundabout, contrary to normal traffic laws, the vehicle on the LEFT has the right of way. There is one in Tijuana with 3-4 lanes of traffic. And they had to install 4 traffic lights to control traffic IN the roundabout. The rotunda in Washington D.C. is typical of our government. you go around in circles until you don't know where you are, then you leave.
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