Lonnie Nelligan, Ancaster
There is a misconception that roundabouts are cheaper, safer and more efficient. Let us take the roundabout at Jerseyville Road in Ancaster. Traffic lights would have cost $80,000 whereas the roundabout cost $1.1 million.
As for safer, when an accident occurs, it is either left front or left side impacts. Myself, I’d rather be hit in the front or rear rather than have my driver’s side door crashing in on me.
As for efficiency, when an accident happens, it is at one of the four intersections. Traffic is then completely blocked off in a minimum of three directions and you can’t re-route traffic counterclockwise.
As for Hamilton’s roundabouts, the traffic in all but one roundabout gives the right of way to vehicles within the circle whereas at the Queenston roundabout it’s the reverse. The traffic in the outer lanes has the right of way. Two sets of rules for roundabouts within one city. No foresight at all.
At least with stop lights, red means stop, green means go. At roundabouts, it’s all about “I think I can squeeze in there if I go faster than the car within the circle.” What are you willing to gamble that you can safely make it?