If you want to make the roads safer for cars and bikes, as well as save gas, time, and pollution, you will advocate for replacing traffic lights with roundabouts. Time magazine had a good article about this. With motorists looking down at other cars, rather than up at lights, there are fewer accidents in roundabouts. Also, with everyone going the same direction, there are no head-on collisions. If that intersection was a roundabout, Rose would never have been hit.
The Europeans figured this out a long time ago. I discovered that in Zurich you drive from one side of the city to the other without ever coming to a stop, and bikers feel a lot safer there than here. It takes less time to drive across Zurich than Burlington.
Plus, the nation would save literally millions of barrels of oil per year and millions or hours of waiting. This has been proven in tests (again, see the article on it).
If you want to do something that will make a difference, advocate for roundabouts for your town.
John Orlando, Ph.D., MSBC Program Director
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663-1035
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From: The Green Mountain Bicycle Club [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Jacobowitz
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SHARING THE ROAD | In some states, traffic rules easier on bicyclists
I do not yet suggest that Vermont law be changed, but here are some things
that other states are trying.
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