Considering that most Bahamians have problems navigating the normal four legged roundabouts as it is, the new six legged roundabout opening Monday is cause for concern. I anticipate a huge mess.
The Ministry of Transport and Public Works has been passing out literature and posting information in the major newspapers. I’m sure they have probably been on all radio networks as well. Unfortunately Bahamians are not too fond of Reading or following traffic laws.
I travel this area everyday going to and coming from work. I’m considering avoiding the area altogether, especially with school opening on Monday.
Who thought of that? Introducing this round about the same day that school is set to open. That was not a really bright idea. Ideally this should have been introduced weeks before.
But government agencies are not known for their forethought. Hopefully after a few days people get the hang of it and it does the job its suppose to do.
Roundabouts are considered better than stop lights and other forms of traffic controls. They offer several advantages;
- Intersection Safety: Roundabout applications in the United States have shown a crash reduction of 37% and 51% in injury and fatality crashes. Improved safety is mainly due to decrease of conflict points and lower operating speeds
- Intersection Capacity: Inaddition to safety, roundabouts have been widely used to increase intersection capacity and reduce delays. Research as shown that two lane roundabouts perform better than traffic signals for volumes up to 34,000 vehicles entering per day.
- Reduced Cost: When used instead of traffic signals they save us all money. Their maintenance cost is almost zero. They require no electricity, no regular tune-ups, no annual replacement of parts, suffer no blackouts and cannot be blown away.
Based on the above advantages the new roundabout seems like a good idea. If it was designed properly and once Bahamians get used to it, hopefully it will do what it was meant to do; Improve traffic. God Knows we need it with so many cars on this small island.
What do you think of the new roundabout? Will it work? will you use it or avoid it?
— Straight Talk —