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Should we convert more Park City intersections to roundabouts?

I live in Jeremy Ranch and the Jeremy and Pinebrook roundabouts are often the bane of my existence. When we did Park City Follies, we had a whole video about the roundabouts with lots of a four-letter word mixed in.

With that in mind, I came upon the most comprehensive discussion of roundabouts that I have ever read. It was amazing. I learned such facts as:

  • The Jeremy and Pinebrook “roundabouts” are actually called rotaries, due to their size.
  • One-quarter of the 35,000 traffic death per year in the US happen at intersections.
  • 0.1 percent of all crashes at roundabouts end in death. 04 percent of crashes at intersections lead to death.
  • Elon Musk says Tesla’s can’t self drive roundabouts yet.
  • It costs at least a couple of million dollars per intersection to convert it to a single lane, small, roundabout.

If you have the time, and care about roundabouts, this Freakonomics article is worth the time. In some ways they make a lot of sense.


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Just an Opinion

Roundabouts are easier in some ways and harder in others.

Drivers are more accustomed to how to navigate a stop sign. More drivers are unfamiliar with roundabouts and try to exit off roundabouts from the inside lane quite frequently. There isn’t time in a roundabout to think for those drivers. They just panic and go for it, or they come to a crawl or stop while they figure out what they should do.

Roundabouts also take up more space with asphalt. Passengers’ heads are squished against the window as the vehicle makes a long, tight hard turns around roundabouts.

I don’t know the answer. Personally, I’m tired of all the roundabouts and would prefer to avoid them if I could, mostly because other drivers don’t navigate them as intended and put me and my passengers in danger almost daily. I’m a defensive driver who knows not to exit from the middle lane. Roundabouts might not generate as many accidents, but they certainly generate a fair amount of frustration during driving.

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