"Roundabouts" and Cycling in Britain and Berkeley
Hello, Cycling Magazine Editor Keith Bingham. Are you aware of this website? (http://www.thebikezone.org.uk/thebikezone/campaigning/roundabouts.html) It's an informative discussion about the serious hazards roundabouts cause cyclists in Britain. In Berkeley the anti-car bicycle coalition greenies, along with territorial residentialists, have promoted small (10'-25' wide) traffic circle installations in residential intersections all over town. Over the last 5 years the city has installed 40 hazardous bicycle circles, which, as this discussion points out, cause serious conflict between cyclists and cars. Those Berkeley intersections were much safer for cyclists before the circle installations, including those intersections that had no traffic controls, such as stop or yield signs. But try explaining that logical bicycle safety fact to the anti-car bicycle crusaders who've hijacked and now dominate bicycle planning in the US. Hopefully cyclists will educate themselves about the hazards caused by dubious traffic calming schemes irresponsibly promoted by the anti-car bicycle extremists, such as traffic circles and roundabouts, and actively oppose them in the future.
California Bicycle Advocate