Carmel Indiana Champions Traffic Roundabouts As Way To Lessen Congestion

Carmel Indiana Champions Traffic Roundabouts As Way To Lessen Congestion

image015Mayor Jim Brainard of Carmel, Indiana has made the city a leader in the use of traffic roundabouts, containing more than 100 within it’s city streets.  Jim talks with Paul and Elizabeth about how increasingly, cities are trading their traffic lights in for  European-style roundabouts. 

They’re doing it for reasons that range from cost savings and traffic flow to safety and the environment.  As many as four times the number of cars move through a roundabout in the same time as a traffic light, and yet the number of injury-related accidents goes down by an astonishing 80%.  And because cars are not idling in long lines before launching again, each roundabout typically saves thousands of gallons of gasoline per year.

For more, listen to the full episode below.