Going in circles

Recent letter is correct about roundabouts reducing serious injury and death but not if you are travelling in a circle at 80 km/h

At first I thought Jack Dixon’s letter suggesting a roundabout for Mckenzie Avenue and Highway 1 was a joke.  With all due respect he may not have considered some of the road conditions at that location.

Perhaps Mr. Dixon is unaware that the speed limit on that section of the highway is 80 km/h.  To negotiate a roundabout one would need to slow traffic to a maximum of 50 km/h (or less).  If traffic is backed up now with the traffic lights, slowing it down to 50 km/h would cause considerable backups because traffic approaching the roundabout must yield to traffic within the roundabout.

Mr. Dixon is correct about roundabouts reducing serious injury and death but not if you are travelling in a circle at 80 km/h.

Bruce Debeck

 

Saanich