Roundabouts work in some places, not in others

Dear editor,

There are good reasons why roundabouts are successful in some places, but less so in others.

Dear editor,

There are good reasons why roundabouts are successful in some places, but less so in others.

They work where vehicles are well and randomly dispersed, even if traffic volume is comparatively high. They definitely should not be used when any feeder road has nearby traffic lights.

Stoplights bunch up vehicles, which subsequently arrive all at once, defeating the continuous movement desired by the roundabout.

Many U.K. roundabouts have been overwhelmed by specific feeder volumes so that they have been equipped with traffic lights themselves.

Most intersections without roundabouts also do not have stop signs, but instead are signed Give Way.

Drivers are conditioned to look and blend without stopping. We in North America have been habituated to stop and perhaps do a few chores while waiting to proceed.

David A Kelly,

Courtenay

 

Just Posted

Haida Manga artist to speak at North Island College

Award-winning visual artist and author Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will speak at North… Continue reading

UPDATE: Courtenay home a ‘write-off’ after Sunday afternoon fire

Two occupants of the home and one of a neighbouring house were treated for minor smoke inhalation

L’Arche Comox Valley looking for volunteers to document seniors’ life stories

The Sharing Side by Side program is starting back up in April

MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard welcomes new playground for Airport Elementary School in Comox

Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says students at Airport Elementary School are getting… Continue reading

Island AeroBarrier donates building sealing services to Habitat for Humanity

The new Courtenay-based business sealed two units at the Lake Trail Road build

Defiant vigil starts healing in New Zealand after massacre

Police say the gunman in the shooting that killed 50 acted alone

Avalanche warning issued for all B.C. mountains

Warm weather to increase avalanche risk: Avalanche Canada

Temperature records dating back to 1947 broken in B.C.

The Squamish airport recorded the hottest temperature in the province (and Canada) on Sunday: 21.3 C

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick retires

Jody Wilson-Raybould has accused Wernick of pressuring her to head off criminal charges for SNC-Lavalin

Dutch tram shooting suspect arrested, say police

Police say three people were killed in the shooting Monday and five wounded

Canada extends Iraq and Ukraine military missions to 2021 and 2022

Extension is part of efforts to curb Russian aggression and to fight against Islamic militants

WestJet suspends 2019 financial guidance after Boeing 737 Max grounded

The company has 13 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft grounded by regulators after the Ethiopian crash

B.C. poverty plan combines existing spending, housing programs

Target is to lift 140,000 people out of poverty from 2016 level

B.C. First Nations’ intake of essential nutrients could drop by 31%: study

Professors project the nutrient decrease by 2050 if climate change mitigation continues as is

Most Read