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Traffic safety?

February 15, 2007

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To the editor:

I have learned of a serious and egregious oversight in the placement of roundabouts within Lawrence. There are a couple of miles of pavement that are owned and maintained by the city of Lawrence where vehicles are routinely operated at speeds in excess of 100 mph. To make matters even worse, there is an intersection between these two death traps of speed. Of course I am speaking of the runways at Lawrence Municipal Airport. There is an obvious need for a roundabout at the intersection of these two runways, as well as traffic calming devices along their length. I should also note that no bicycle paths have been marked on the edge of these infrequently used runways. Why don't aircraft share the road with bicycles? We also need a roundabout directly in front of every fire station to improve safety, ease of access, speedy response to emergencies and convenience.

It is urgent that the city immediately address this roundabout deficiency. I know that the citizens of Lawrence are clamoring for more roundabouts. Why do the peoples' demands and pleas for more roundabouts go unheeded in City Hall? The numerous wrecks, property damage and personal injuries caused by these devices is a small price to pay for coming into compliance with the grand plan of the state of Kansas.

We can also use the proliferation of roundabouts to alleviate the critical shortage of neighborhood parks. We could put playground equipment in the center of the roundabouts. Then the little kiddies will have a safe place to frolic and play.

John Kuefel,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

"I have had at least 20 near misses. maybe the rest of Lawrence should do this as well.

Did you ever consider that maybe it's your own poor driving skills that are leading to the "near misses" and not the roundabouts?

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Reality_Check 7 years, 2 months ago

"From living in Lawrence and working in Topeka near a roundabout, I have had at least 20 near misses."

DUDE! That's the freakin' point: They were near misses, not accidents. Roundabouts have a far, far lower rate of serious accidents than any other type of interesection.

Keep fighting the facts...tilt at the windmills, as more and more roundabouts are built around the country. Could it be that professional traffic engineers know more than you yokels? Yes!

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strawman 7 years, 2 months ago

I recently witnessed a Carter fuel truck (semi) navigate the roundabout at 19th and Barker with ease, whats the problem? If your uncomfortable with roundabouts simply detour around them.

strawman

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Tony Kisner 7 years, 2 months ago

Jonas,

I think Piper confirmed your thoughts on poor satire.

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Piper180 7 years, 2 months ago

This is dumb. Airports, techincally speaking, have roundabouts. They are called traffic patterns. The pilots are expected to fly in specific (nearly round) patterns in an assigned direction. The runway, like a roundabout, becomes a one-way street. I guess pilots are just smarter than the average person. Typically, a student pilot figures out the traffic pattern after only one lesson.

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Pilgrim 7 years, 2 months ago

Posted by commuter (anonymous) on February 15, 2007 at 8:32 a.m.

just another bozo.

Since you are the roundabout master. I will start making note of the vehicles that do not use them properly. Then you should teach those people on the usage.


Well, you know what they say: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."

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commuter 7 years, 2 months ago

just another bozo.

Since you are the roundabout master. I will start making note of the vehicles that do not use them properly. Then you should teach those people on the usage. From living in Lawrence and working in Topeka near a roundabout, I have had at least 20 near misses. maybe the rest of Lawrence should do this as well. Then you would have a full time job, teaching people on the "just another bozo on the bus" roundabout technique.

The people are appear to be from a wide range of ages and ethnicity. So stereotypes won't work.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

The sad part of this mediocre satire is that so many think that this constitutes constructive political debate about a critical issue.

Just because roundabouts have a funny name, and a realtively small number of clueless drives find them confusing, doesn't make them worthy of being "controversial." Most of them have been designed and constructed properly, and there will be many, many more of them, because they do exactly what they are supposed to do, very, very well.

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KS 7 years, 2 months ago

John - Which side of the rock did you get up on this morning?

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jonas 7 years, 2 months ago

John Keufel needs to learn the difference between writing good satire and just being a drooling fool. This is not good satire.

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classclown 7 years, 2 months ago

Just for fun they should make some of them go clockwise.

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caracalla 7 years, 2 months ago

yes, lawrence needs to waste additional funds on more worthless roundabouts.

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