New Haven's Roundabouts Not So Magic
As part of New Haven's anti-speeding jihad, The Elm City has begun building roundabouts (a.k.a. rotaries). The New Haven register reports the public and The Powers That Be view the results differently. "Lucy Conti, who has called this neighborhood home for 35 years, says the roundabouts are a full-circle waste. She says drivers still fly through the 30 mph zone… But Alderman Ed Madison says the roundabout is working. 'Sixty miles an hour used to be the going rate down there and now it's 30,' said Ed Madison, Alderman.Madison sits on the city's 'traffic calming committee.' His group is responsible for the roundabouts and he says more are coming." Meanwhile and anyway, police radar guns are drawn. And there's no word on the success of the Elm City's "Pace Car" decal program, launched November first. To get a sticker, a driver must pledge to drive within the speed limit and obey all traffic regulations, share the road safely within pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers, be extra cautious near schools and children and stop for all school buses. Of course, the pols just couldn't help themselves. You also have to promise to "Walk, bike, bus or share a ride when possible to help reduce traffic." Oh, and there's a chain letter bit too. You have to swear you'll "Display my PACE CAR sticker and encourage others to take the pledge." Oy vey.