Almost three years ago the City of Long Beach put in two roundabouts and five smaller traffic circles on Vista Street as part of making it a bike boulevard. Since installing the roundabouts and circles overall traffic accidents have fallen by over 50% and accidents at the two major intersections where roundabouts were installed have dropped by 75%.
In spite of this dramatic decrease there are people who argue that the roundabouts are unsafe because of the height of the landscaping (a 6 foot high pampas grass is used for decorative landscaping and to intentionally limit sight distance). They argue that the landscaping limits sight distances and thus makes the intersections more dangerous. As is discussed in the letter to the editor shown below, while this argument seems logical, in fact the reverse is true. The landscaping focuses the drivers attention to the left and right where vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists are entering the intersection resulting in a safer intersection.
Let us know if you are facing opposition to various types of bike infrastructure and what you are doing to counter those arguments.
|Posted By: acrawford||September 17th, 2014||Features||Comments: none|