Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has changed its policy (2p pdf) to cautiously endorse Modern Roundabouts. The Modern Roundabout is an intersection technology like "4-way stop" and "stop lights". However, in some places it will outperform these older technologies in almost every way.
Says "Making Places":
It turns out that roundabouts may be part of the panacea for our greatest traffic woes. Across America, towns and cities of all shapes and sizes have been choosing modern roundabouts over antiquated signalization equipment and expensive grade separated interchanges. The choice of a roundabout, or a modern roundabout, rather, makes sense for several reasons: they have proven to improve the flow of traffic, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance the quality of place.
The roundabout in the video is right here in Kentucky, at Norton Commons. I rode it and it was a lot of fun. I'm so well-trained to STOP at intersections, it took concious effort to roll through the YIELD sign the first few times. The biggest revalation was just how relaxed everyone was about driving there. There were no Leadfoot Louies gunning it for the lights.
[This is Part Two in a three part series examining alternative transit in the Bay and what can be applied to Louisville]
Walking in the San Francisco Bay area is a very foreign experience to a Louisvillian. It is a totally different endeavor altogether. Its not just that the engineering is better, but also its as if human nature is different.
We walked extensively in three different cities:
Key Details are Missing, Significant Work Still Needed;
Transportation coalition prepares to work for changes in draft legislation to meet Kentucky's needs for the 21st Century.
Download the Press Release.
Wednesday is T4America's National Call in Day. The Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 is in play, and will determine the transportation system we have to live with for the rest of our lives. If you support transit, walking, and bicycling there is much to like in the new bill, but the bill lacks a clear strategy for reforming our transportation system, something like this. Tell your Representative "No new transportation money without reform."
Let's light up the switchboards. Here are suggested comments for making the call. You probably want to know the name of your Represenatiative. Here's a handy map of KY and IN representatives - though if you're in Louisville it is probably John Yarmuth (3rd), and if you're in Southern Indiana it's probably Baron Hill (9th).
HR 2724 sets 20-year goals for the federal transportation bill. They are goals we can really get behind:
UPDATE: CART and Bicycling for Louisville have both endorsed this bill, and are calling on Representive Yarmuth to endorse it.
UPDATE #2: T4America finally got off their duffs and posted on their website about this. They do a better job of explaining this than we do.
UPDATE #2: Added some pictures from the meeting, click Read More to see them.
UPDATE: A bicycle convoy will leave from Louisville to get safely across the 2nd Street Bridge. Be ready to leave at 10:45am from in front of Bearno's by the Bridge (NE corner of Main and 2nd).
You are invited to the Big 4 Bridge public workshop on Saturday. According to the flyer "this will allow residents to share ideas with the City and design team as well as critique ideas and concepts that are developed through this project. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring their neighbors and families to participate."
Saturday, June 6, 2009
130 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville - Brad Sprigler Design Studio
11am - 1pm;
formal presentation will begin @ 11:30am
come and go as you like
Its obvious what a big deal the Big 4 bridge will be. But in case you live on the moon or something: Jeffersonville is a lovely town, no farther from my home than, say, St Matthews. However, to get to St Matthews is a simple bike ride. To get to Jefforsonville is a harrowing journey over the Clark Memorial "2nd street" Bridge. As a result, St Matthews gets hudreds of dollars a year in shopping revenue from me, and Jefforsnville gets none.
But if Jeffersonville could be connected by a bridge that weren't such an ordeal, say one leaving from the middle of a park, then it would suddenly become a viable destination for a lot of people.
By combining a couple of transportation projects we've already built, and by uniting them with some on the drawing board, we can create an awesome new Southwest Louisville transportation corridor. You may have seen this graphic on the front page of USA Today last week:
How do we satisfy all these people without breaking the bank? Here are the pieces of the puzzle:
If you're viewing from the front page, click Read More to continue.
TARC is running flat-out during the recession to furfill these three goals:
"Balancing the budget" isn't on the list - TARC Executive Director Barry Barker calls the budget 'unsustainable'.
If I understood correctly, the projected budget shortfall for this year is $~6m and for next year is $~8m. TARC has $~10m saved, but this would overwhelm it in a short time.
Update: The correct burn rate is $~2m / year. $~10m is saved. You can do that math.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet "doesn't do" roundabouts. That's too bad because they are the silver-bullet miracle cure of medium sized intersection design. They have the following advantages over stoplights:
"Make no little plans" -Daniel Burnham, by way of Barack Obama
You can read the announcement on the front page of www.whitehouse.gov.