NEWS — Roundabouts aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, but they’re coming into increasing vogue as City traffic planners look for ways to increase safety. Soon, cyclists may have their own roundabouts.
Well, not all to themselves, but council is looking at “mini-roundabouts” on bicycle routes through town that are shared with motorists. The mini-roundabouts operate much the same as a regular roundabout but their primary purpose is to slow car and truck traffic.
As with other roundabouts, they would eliminate the need to stop at intersections.
Council today approved a plan to go after funding to help build a mini-roundabout at Nicola Street and 12th Avenue. The intersection is on the bicycle route that runs between St, Paul Street West and the multi-use pathway at the Valleyview interchange.
Coun. Pat Wallace made a motion to accept the recommendation to look into funding, saying, “it seems to be a fair amount of money” but “I think if we can find the support for it, it would be a positive thing to do.”
She said people often don’t pay attention to the speed limit in the area so “it’s a great safety precaution. It’s a great idea.”
The roundabout would be monitored for two years and, if successful, would serve as a template for others, said development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski in a report to council.
“This project supports the Sustainable Kamloops Plan goals for increasing the number of people using other modes of travel to employment and reducing vehicle ownership,” he said.
Staff hopes to get about $70,000 from the Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program, which would take of about half the cost. If the funding isn’t approved the project would be put on hold.