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Hi Tony, Thanks for sending some notes on recent roundabout news along to VT Bike Ped's discussion list. While VT Bike Ped is on record with a policy decision supporting roundabouts several years ago in the late 90s, it is not a policy we have recently reviewed. Single-lane roundabouts, as you note, are considerably safer for bicyclists & pedestrians -- two-lane roundabouts, such as the design being floated as an alternative to the Circ, are more iffy. Individual members of VT Bike Ped are welcome to present their opinions on these and other transportation projects. At this time, VT Bike Ped as an organization is not engaged to advocacy on the Clarendon roundabout, but we will confer with our partner organization in Rutland. I am not clear if calling the Governor's office is the best action in the event that we want to speak up about the roundabout? It seems to me that individuals who want to weigh in on the issue of the roundabout might do well to write a letter to the Rutland Herald on the topic. Becka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Becka Roolf, Executive Director [log in to unmask] VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition 802.225.8904 PO Box 1234, Montpelier, VT 05601 fax by request - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - On Aug 16, 2005, at 10:20 AM, Tony Redington wrote: Times New Roman                 ArialThe Clarendon roundabout is at a high speed intersection at a rural location with limited if any pedestrian traffic and only long distance bicycle use (it will cause terrible crashes in a signal or its current mode).  But is represents a huge issue for us in the bike/ped community because if this “gift” from Senator Jeffords get rejected by the AOT bureaucrats, major projects in Montpelier, Manchester, completing the change of course of a signal to a roundabout at East Montpelier etc., will also face delays for all those bureaucratic reasons.  So please consider a call.... Arial-----------------------------          ArialThe AOT cancelling the signal at Clarendon and accepting the Sen. Jeffords earmark is critical to all who want the Circ stopped and the Vermont transportation policy to stop stonewalling roundabouts and highway safety in the bargain.   Some push is under way within the Town of Clarendon to have the selectboard endorse the signal project now underway!  Local leaders will fight this and push for the roundabout.  Apparently the roundabout there is viewed as a threat to AOT projects everywhere including the Circ and So. Connector projects in Chittenden County.   Arial            We can band together to stop this nonsense.  ArialYou can call the Governor's Hot Line 800-649-6825  and ask the State to build at Clarendon's US 7/VT 103 intersection (just south of Rutland) a safe roundabout at 100% federal expense and stop the dangerous stop light which will cost upwards of $100,000 in state monies--and encourage others to do the same.  This is before the state loses suits for the serious injuries sure to occur“a crash on a permanent pad has already occurred.  Legal liability for negligence in building stop lights stands as the reason why NYDOT bans stop lights in their new policy, essentially now in effect and to be formally adopted before year end.  Two engineering studies show the roundabout superior in safety and service.  The Agency to this date stiffs the regional transportation group, the Town of Clarendon, two major Rutland Herald editorials, and Sen. Jeffords who lives just down the road from the intersection in Shrewsbury (he earmarked the $1 million which the Agency has known has been pending well before they issued the contract this spring for the stop light). Arial            Oh yes, the roundabout design provided by Howard McCulloch, consultant and NYDOT roundabout engineer, under contract to the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, calls for a super-safe single lane roundabout!  Arial             ArialTony Redington ArialTransportation Policy Arial[log in to unmask] ArialMontpelier, VT  05602 Arial802-223-1744 Arial   Northeast Area Roundabout Coalition-VT ========== VTBIKEPEDPOLICY-L: The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy Discussion List Subscription control: http://list.uvm.edu/archives/vtbikepedpolicy-l.html. For help: email [log in to unmask] with the word "help" in the message body. --Alt-Boundary-21337.18358437--