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June 11, 2010

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Larry

Ah, something we agree on.

Have a look at this potential roundabout (okay, it's triangular) and see if you can figure out why it needs stop signs rather than yields:

http://bit.ly/bitFB2

If you're in a one-way single lane and the only traffic you encounter going around is also one-way and coming from your right, aren't you effectively yielding anyway, even if the sign says stop?

Dave

Is it just me or does Mississauga put traffic lights in at any intersection? And don't get me started on the traffic light timing - it's awful that one light changes green, then as you approach another light 100 metres away, it is changing to red. Not to mention lights that change in the direction I'm going when nobody is waiting in the direction that is getting green.

I've seen roundabouts in action and, once you figure out who has what right of way, they work so much better and cause you less delay on your trip.

One thing that I've always wondered - if accelerating from a stop uses more fuel, do you think the oil companies might have some stake in Mississauga's traffic lights and their timing?

GZ

The Region of Waterloo has seen the 'light' and constructed a number of traffic circles; I think they work well at the chosen locations. I contacted the MTO during an EA to suggest traffic circles on the Hanlon in Guelph (Highway 6 - interminable waits at numerous lights) rather than, or as an interim measure to, the proposed multi-million dollar bridges (this Highway is terrible - you accelerate to highway speeds and then stop at the next light for 3 minutes). Their response was that traffic circles are an unproven technology but that they represent an area of active research within the Ministry...

Jim Kenzie

Hi Larry:

Agree we do!

Stop signs here make no sense.

Jim Kenzie

Jim Kenzie

Hi GZ:

UNPROVEN!

That's rich...

What pile of sand have these ostriches been hiding their heads in?

Jim Kenzie

John Frewen-Lord

Hi Jim - from the roundabout-friendly UK:
In my small local town, they built a bypass, about 1 km long, so that the main street is now a pedestrian precinct. There is a 5-way roundabout at one end of this bypass, two traffic-light controlled standard cross-road intersctions (one side going into a small subdivision, the other going into a town parking lot), and a 3-way roundabout at the far end of the bypass.

In rush hours, there are huge backups resulting from the traffic lights (ridiculous when 90% of the traffic goes straight through, the lights going through multi-phases just to let one car out). There are NO backups resulting from the roundabouts. A beautiful example showing the efficiency of roundabouts compared to traffic lights.

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