LETTER: The advantages of roundabouts

A roundabout is an excellent solution for the challenging intersection of Hall and Lakeside.

Re: “Hall St. project to be completed by fall 2017”

A roundabout is an excellent solution for the challenging intersection of Hall and Lakeside. I have been driving in Canada for 50 years and after five years of driving in New Zealand I have come to appreciate the significant advantages of roundabouts. In New Zealand, and many other countries around the world, roundabouts are the norm, replacing the use of most stop signs and many stop lights.

With roundabouts traffic flows more smoothly and safely. A driver only needs to look in one direction to see if he/she can proceed through the intersection. At a roundabout, it is perfectly clear who has the right of way. No matter from which direction a driver approaches a roundabout, coming to a complete stop is not required if there are no other vehicles in the roundabout.

Traffic flows more smoothly with fewer unnecessary stops, thus conserving energy. A roundabout at Hall and Lakeside will be a significant improvement to traffic flow at this corner. Another corner that would benefit from the use of a roundabout is Baker and Vernon. Hurray for the end of challenging three and four-way stops.

Paul Major, Nelson

 

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Smoke scraps MS Bike Challenge

The annual fundraising event cancelled its cycling Saturday because of poor air quality

Nelson’s mural festival: scenes from opening night

Crowds wandered the streets and alleys finding delightful surprises in unlikely places

Smoky skies force flight cancellations

Air quality in West Kootenay also a health concern

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Most Read