You have probably noticed there are more and more roundabouts being built around our area. Engineers and transportation planners love the traffic control devices because they keep traffic flowing, reduce pollution caused by idling cars and are safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. Many people are still relatively unfamiliar and uncomfortable with roundabouts though and others have a lot of questions.
To answer these questions, the Spokane Regional Transportation Council is hosting a Roundabout Community Conversation on Wednesday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, 2426 N. Discovery Place.
A panel of national roundabout experts will be on hand talking about everything from roundabout “trends” from around the country to how roundabouts can improve “livability” of a community, how to correctly use them (especially the dreaded two-lane versions), and roundabout design. Some are oval-, teardrop-, peanut- and dog bone- shaped. They can also be sized to fit almost any location.
The “Roundabout Community Conversation” will be hosted by Spokane County Commissioner Al French. Panelists and the specialty area they will cover include:
- Hilary Isebrands, PD, PhD, Federal Highways Administration, National trends in roundabouts
- Randy Johnson, PE, PTOE, DKS Associates, Roundabouts and their role in a community’s livability
- Doug McClanahan, EIT, Washington State Department of Transportation, Roundabout policy
- Rachel Price, PE, Roundabotix, Roundabout design
- Dina Swires, PE, Washington State Department of Transportation, “Right-sizing” roundabouts for their environment
- Brian Walsh, PE, Washington State Department of Transportation, How to use roundabouts
There will be presentations on each specialty area, along with question and answer time. Panel members are available for interviews prior to this event.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend and bring questions with them. Everyone is welcome.