In my area of the city, we recently underwent construction on the busiest 4-way stop in the neighborhood. Every rush hour, the intersection was the main source of congestion, and traffic backed up on to Bishop Grandin. So, they decided that a roundabout would be a better option rather than the 4-way stop.
It was a good idea; they are very common in Europe, and help traffic flow smoothly and evenly. The intersection has been open for less than a week, however, and I’m quite concerned with the performance of it so far. I can conclude one of two possible reasons for this. The first option is that people simply aren’t used to this new intersection. The other option is that we as drivers are too primative of a society to use such an advanced technology. For some reason, I feel compelled to go with the latter of the two options.
One thing that might cause this opinion is the lack of confidence that I have of Winnipeg drivers. Sorry Winnipeg, but we have terrible drivers. Really terrible. As in, if I had a choice, I would stay off the roads entirely. That would unfortunately cut down on a number of opportunities that I’m not willing to pass up, such as the ability to go out and buy food.
Thankfully, there are other ways out of my neighborhood. Perhaps I will stick to those routes until those who venture through said intersection can be trusted. Something about living makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and I very much like to feel warm and fuzzy.