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July 25, 2010


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Jim, have you heard about the roundabout being constructed here in London? Check out page 4 of this pdf if you haven't: http://www.london.ca/Road_Construction/pdfs/RoadInsert_web.pdf


I would be interested in the long term accident rate. I remember reading an article where it was noted that whenever improvements or changes are made to a road, the accident rate drops significantly until people become used to the changes, and then the accident rate goes back up. A total change like this would also reduce the traffic volume as people who don't like it will find alternate routes, also reducing the number of accidents. I like the idea of reducing head on and t-bone accidents. There might be some energy efficiency with people not stopping, but everyone will (should) slow down and have to accelerate again.


I have to go through a roundabout every day (Ancaster, Wilson St. south of 403) and I find its great. The only time it gets confusing is the people who drive "across" from the side streets. The traffic on the main street sometimes gets surprised by this.

I don't know if this is a good idea or a bad one, but if I'm in the lane that has the choice of exiting or continuing in the roundabout, I try to signal my intent so the approaching traffic knows if I am exiting so they don't have to stop.


I went on a trip to England back in 2007 and I saw first hand how roundabouts are safer than stop lights. They really do keep traffic moving and it all flows in the same direction. The only hard part is on larger ones is crossing lanes, but its not a big deal, if you don't get across the first time, just keep going until you do :)

Luke Ventura

But Jim, I thought that Europe was Europe and Canada is Canada and we can't possibly ever learn from them.


I'm all for roundabouts.

I first encountered them in Edmonton over 40 years ago, then on my first visit to England in 1977.

New Zealand has adopted them both single and double lanes and Australia in some areas and wonder of wonders here in BC recently.

They are great, especially in the single lane variety, double lanes can get a little hairy particularly during heavy traffic. NZ farmers with their Holdens, Falcons and big Japanese SUVs towing trailers can complicate things.

Idling vehicles have to be big wasters of fuel. The more roundabouts the better.

The best thing that's happened in our neighborhood has been the installation of speed humps. The first evening most drivers ignored the speed hump sign and literally took off landing with scraping noises and slowing down for the 2nd of the 2 humps.

The next morning the reflective strips were attached and most drivers were below the speed limit instead of well over it. Over a 30 minute period I observed all sorts of poor suspension in action including Mercedes and BMW. The only vehicle that didn't slow down and showed no signs of distress was a Ford Excursion!

It was like certain stages of a WRC rally. Yes I attended the Olympus Rally in Washington State back in the 80s for 2 years in a row.


Jim McCarey

Hi Jim, we have a roundabout on hwy 2 just west of Odessa and it works very well. I haven't heard any complaints as yet, it was put in last summer. There is also a new one in Picton, same applies.

I lived and drove in Europe years ago and could not figure out why North Americans which includes Canadians did not use roundabouts. At around a buck a litre for fuel, why use it up at a stop light when you could be cruising along through the crossroad.

Keep up the good work,

Jim McCarey


Yay. It shouldn't just be Rosedale that gets nice roundabouts.

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