While I will be in Montreal this weekend--hopefully
biking the Lachine Canal--and
cannot be at the annual meeting, hope these emails help to explain why the
roundabout is absolutely neccessary just about everywhere for the benefits of
pedestrians and to the slight (no delay, reduced injury severity, etc.) to bicyclists.
Do have two bumper stickers now, a
general pro-roundabout sticker ($1.50) and one
with a the blue universal roundabout ahead sign with the text "I's Rather b Driving
through a Roundabout than Stuck at this Stupid Red Light" which costs $2.50. Both
are post paid and am letting go at cost. Am also working with a professor Bob
White on organizing a New England Area Roundabout Coalition (NEARC).
MAJOR ROUNDABOUT NEWS: PED SAFETY
IN FRANCE, CLEARWATER
The two emails below, both dated September
12, provide insight to the
current roundabout revolution, the
importance of competent design, and
safety for pedestrians and all users. Note that French urban modal splits
include 30% pedestrian (1990) versus
the US figure of 9%. French
experience below works out to one
ped injury per 267 roundabouts per year
(Vermont, for example, has about 300
signalized intersections all told).
Also, the Clearwater roundabout has
up to 6,000 pedestrians a day--no injuries
reported to date, I believe.
EMAIL FROM PROFESSOR EUGENE RUSSELL,
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY,
SEPTEMBER 12, 2003
ALL: Since france has 23,000 roundabouts
and I know one of Frances' top
designers, i was curious to see how
they handle blind and low-vision
pedestrian problems. FYI, here is
his answer. gene
Dear professor Eugene
Problem of blind and low-vision pedestrians
seems to be an important problem in
USA. In France, blind and low-vision associations
are more interrested by sound signal in trafic-light intersections but
said nothing against roundabout.
Just some statistics :
in 2001, approximately 23000 roundabouts
1329 corporal accidents, but only
86 with pedestrians (2 fatal accidents)
Now, it's necessary to put "podotactile"
line at all new
Do you think that trafic-light industry
want to devalue roundabout ?
I never read paper of other countries
about this problem.
With kind regards
CETE Ouest - DSTR
De : geno [mailto:[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Envoyé : vendredi 12 septembre
Objet : Hello
Bernard: Just a note to say
"hello" and ask a question. Do you have any
problems with blind and low-vision
pedestrians at you roundabouts
If it is a concern, how do you handle
it? Hope this finds you in good
Dr Eugene R. (Geno) Russell,P.E.,PhD.,
Professor Emeritus and Past
Director,Center for Transportation
Research and Training, Department of
Civil Engineering, 2118 Fiedler Hall,
Manhattan, KS 66506-5000
EMAIL FROM LIEF OURSTON, SEPTEMBER
Please pass the great news below on
to everyone in your address book that
cares about roundabouts. I believe
this may be the greatest roundabout
design achievement in history!
Barry Crown's tremendous success in
Clearwater, Florida should be
trumpeted from the highest mountain.
Clearwater was an extraordinarily
difficult design, with a history of
some 300+ crashes per year before
Barry corrected the previous design.
This has dropped to 3 minor crashes
per year. This is a landmark achievement.
It means that a roundabout's success or failure depends on the design, and
feared local factors, such as unfamiliar or unskilled drivers, have
nothing to do with it. It is always
the design. Good or bad, it is always
And to me it affirms that Barry Crown
is the greatest roundabout designer
in the world.
Leif Ourston, P.E.
----- Original Message -----
To: 'Wes Butch' <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Cc: 'Barry Crown' <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 8:28
I have some wonderful news to relay
to you. In February of 2002 we did
some improvements to the roundabout
that Barry had designed involving
enlarging the radii onto Coronado
and Mandalay as well as reconfiguring
the curb line on the west side of
the roundabout between Mandalay and
Coronado. We followed Barry's
improvement design and I can say since then
we have had only 3 minor accidents
in over a year. The improvements Barry
designed did the trick. By the
way Barry we corrected the striping error
I spoke with you about last week.
Traffic Operations Division