My respect and admiration to Alice Moon (Nov. 25) for engaging her neighborhood council and city engineering to take action at the corner where her husband was struck down by a car. I would echo her sentiment that I am also “disappointed the engineers created a less-aggressive traffic circle than [I] expected.”
My neighborhood council will be looking at traffic calming and since I’d heard about this project I had to see it for myself. I’m generally favorable toward traffic circles, and I expected to use this one as an example. So a couple Sundays ago, we took a ride over to Lyons Avenue and Cincinnati Street to check it out for ourselves.
First, we noticed was how tiny it is. If it weren’t for the paving-brick pattern against the asphalt you’d hardly notice it was there. Driving through, I barely had to reduce speed or move my steering wheel. Later, I paced it off at 14 feet in diameter with a softly rolled curb around the circumference. As I crossed the intersection returning to my car, a pickup truck sped by behind me at 35-40 mph.
I can’t recommend wasting further traffic-calming funds on ineffectual examples like this one.