11 thoughts on “Common St. Project Approved, Including Rotary at Orchard St. Intersection

  1. Sounds good, as long as you include a diagram of how a rotary works in regards to “right of way”. This should be a simple concept, but here in MA, people are still baffled by that little stick on the left side of the steering column.

  2. Yes this will be a great improvement for all modes of transportation(walking/biking/driving!)! Roundabout or rotary…either way this intersection will be best served with one(though not all are).

  3. Many people confuse other and older styles of circular intersections with modern roundabouts. East coast rotaries, large multi-lane traffic circles (Arc D’Triomphe, Dupont Circle), and small neighborhood traffic circles are not modern roundabouts. If you want to see the difference between a traffic circle, a rotary (UK traffic roundabout) and a modern roundabout (UK continental roundabout).
    Go to http://www.k-state.edu/roundabouts/photos.htm to see pictures.
    NJ traffic circles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_traffic_circles_in_New_Jersey
    The Brits even call a merry-go-round a kid’s roundabout.

  4. Why is cycling always an afterthought? Cycling is the most effluent mode of transportation. All the streets should have protected bike lanes. Instead the bike lane up Common goes….no where. If that was done for cars the absurdity would be obvious.
    Dushku said. “I was happy to see two lanes painted (on Common at Mt. Auburn), for left and right turns. To do that you had to take away some things for bikes.”

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