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Solving a non-problem

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Re: City modifying traffic circles (Oct. 22). Yes, the so-called calming circles have not slowed down traffic on Grosvenor Avenue. Since they were installed, traffic speed has dangerously increased.

It is not just small cars as the city's statement indicates. It is buses, SUVs and garden-variety careless drivers who choose not to follow the so-called rules of calming circles.

The answer is not an expensive modification of the unwanted circles, it is simply return the stop signs. As well, as a River Heights resident, I can only wish that city cyclists would obey the hoped-for stop signs.

IAN STEWART

Winnipeg

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Traffic circles on Grosvenor Avenue were installed to solve a problem that never really existed. A beautiful city street was blighted by a misguided and ill-conceived project, the real purpose of which was to use up government infrastructure money rather than creating something useful.

The intersections are too small for traffic circles. Cars are pretty much face to face before drivers have a chance to react. I live right next to one and there's a lot of horn-honking and drivers shouting at one another.

Signage has increased; there are seven more signs on each traffic circle corner. Also, there has been no noticeable increase in bicycle traffic to justify eliminating all on-street parking in the stretch of Grosvenor that is affected. Cyclists are probably avoiding these potential death traps.

And now they're going to be improved. I shudder to think what further havoc they are going wreak on traffic flow. The only improvement would be to get rid of them.

The only benefit is that traffic will be reduced on Grosvenor Avenue as drivers use barrier-free Kingsway. I use it and I'm sure Kingsway residents are thrilled about that.

MAUREEN TAUNTON

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 24, 2012 A8

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