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Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Study – Minnesota Roundabouts

Across North America, many cities are installing roundabouts rather than the traditional signalized intersections. The reason for the sudden surge of roundabouts is their ability to improve traffic flow as well as reduce crashes and the severity of crashes in comparison to a signalized intersection.

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Proposal: Adopt the efficiencies of a roundabout with a new type of sign, a TED Talk by Gary Lauder

I recently watched a TED Talk by Gary Lauder called Gary Lauder’s new traffic sign: Take Turns and it seemed quite applicable to our Roundabout themed month on the blog.

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Co-Hosted Webinar Announcement: Roundabout Data Collection with American Structurepoint

We are very excited to follow-up the 2011 International Roundabout Conference with a co-hosted roundabout-themed webinar with Ting Wei and Jeromy Grenard from American Structurepoint. Mr. Wei and Mr. Grenard presented a poster at last week’s conference titled, Traffic Counting at Roundabouts Using Video Technology: A Practitioner’s View, and they will be presenting their findings and talking about their best practices.

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In a Roundabout Way, by Erica Waugh

In today’s blog post about Roundabouts, I would like to introduce a Miovision friend and customer, Erica Waugh. In the video featured below, Erica helps to explain some of the finer points about roundabouts.

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Miovision to be highlighted at the TRB Roundabout Conference

The 3rd International Conference on Roundabouts is being held in Carmel, Indiana starting tomorrow and running through to Friday.  The presence of roundabouts has received increasing attention, and this conference promises to be be a great forum for the exchange of technical, policy, planning and administrative information on all aspects of roundabouts.

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A Brief History of Roundabouts: Once Bitten, Twice Shy

The modern roundabout is a beautiful thing. Traffic flow is improved, they look nice and they are safer than traditional intersections. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Status Report about Roundabouts, they cite research from the University of Maine that found a 39% reduction in crashes, a 76% decrease in injury-producing crashes, and a 90% decrease in collisions involving fatal or incapacitating injuries when studying a sample of 25 intersections turned into roundabouts. Other research finds that while roundabouts are safer than traditional intersections, they also have the potential to reduce traffic delay by up to 75%.

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Roundabouts: Quirks and Confusions

Having spent much time travelling abroad throughout the UK, France, Spain and Germany, I like to fancy myself as having seen many roundabouts in my time. The majority of all roundabouts in the world are on European roads. By comparison, there were 2,000 roundabouts in the U.S. as of 2010 versus 30,000 in France alone as of 2008 (2008 National Roundabout Conference, B. Guichet’s presentation).

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Product Launch: Scout VCU with ALPR Capability

This week Miovision is launching a new Video Collection Unit which increases the versatility of the traffic data collection product. The new unit is called Scout and it accommodates our existing range traffic count types, plus adds ALPR capabilities.

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