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Binkley Street resident looks forward to roundabouts

Posted: January 15, 2014 - 9:35am

Hurray! The City of Soldotna may soon build roundabout intersections on Binkley Street. The safety and convenience of these have long been used in many other places.

I have lived on Binkley Street for nearly 40 years, and couldn’t be happier with this development. The elimination of T-Bone collisions is the prime safety improvement as cars move in the same direction around the circle. The convenience is that busy waits are gone.

My Australian wife and I have traveled to her home country every year since 1988 and I have traveled in Europe before that and have first hand knowledge of the ease of roundabouts. We will value these changes as time goes on.

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Safest Intersection in the World.

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
The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/6v44a3x).
The safety comes from the ‘slow and go’ operation instead of the ‘stop or go fast’ way a stop light works. The smaller size of properly designed modern roundabouts is what makes them safer and keeps speeds in the 20 mph range. This makes it much easier to avoid a crash or stop for pedestrians. It also means that if a crash happens the likelihood of injury is very low. Safety is the #1 reason there are over 3,000 modern roundabouts in the US today and many more on the way.
Slow and go modern roundabout intersections means less delay than a stop light or stop sign (http://tinyurl.com/mythbustersRAB), especially the other 20 hours a day people aren’t driving to or from work. Average daily delay at a signal is around 12 seconds per car. At a modern roundabout average delay is less than five seconds. Signals take an hour of demand and restrict it to a half hour, at best only half the traffic gets to go at any one time. At a modern roundabout four drivers entering from four directions can all enter at the same time. Don’t try that with a signalized intersection.

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