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Resident feels drivers need lesson on traffic circles

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Although traffic circles are becoming more and more common across the city, one East Kildonan resident says drivers still need to learn how to use them properly.


Michelle Taylor said she has witnessed drivers having difficulty navigating traffic circles, including the ones located on Roch Street.


Taylor said her 14-year-old son Chris and their dog were almost hit by a driver at an intersection with a traffic circle earlier this fall.


"A lot of people don’t seem to know how to use them. We need to do more education," said Taylor, who uses the traffic circles on Roch a few times a week.


"You could have public meetings, but then again you need to have people who want to learn."


Chris said the driver who nearly hit him and the family dog was travelling at nearly 70 km/h on the residential street.


"Some guy in a big Hummer almost hit me. You can’t say that’s good," he said. "Why don’t they just slow down. I just thought, ‘Oh God, he almost hit me.’"


Taylor said she understands it will take Winnipeggers some time to get used to traffic circles, but stressed drivers need to pay more attention when they get behind the wheel.


"When I grew up there were no traffic circles, so I’m learning as I go," she said.


"The (Roch and Leighton Avenue circle) seems to be worse than others, and I think honestly it’s because this is a busier intersection. You see people just zipping by."


A City of Winnipeg spokeswoman said the city is working with Manitoba Public Insurance to ensure drivers are aware of the proper use of the circles.


"The city works with MPI, the entity charged with driver education, to make sure that they have the most recent information about traffic issues so that they can update their driver education programs," Tammy Melesko said.


"There is also information on the city’s website."


The city’s website indicates drivers should remember the following when approaching a traffic circle:


• slow your speed when approaching the intersection


• stop in advance of the sidewalk if pedestrians are crossing


• yield to vehicles that arrive first at the intersection


• yield to vehicles on the right if arriving at the same time


• keep to the right and travel around the traffic circle in a counterclockwise direction
For more information on traffic circles visit www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/InformationAndResources/TrafficControl/TrafficCalming/TrafficCircle.asp.


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