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Carmel roundabouts will reduce the carbon dioxide equivalent of 5,000 cars

A WE the city made a change to their roundabout system that reduced the carbon dioxide emissions of “5,000 cars”.

Carmel, Indiana has the most roundabouts of any city in the United States – 142 of them.

Mayor James Brainard also estimates that the city will have only one set of traffic lights by 2025, SCS reports. Its aim is to reduce pollution and improve circulation.

Brainard said, “We don’t have to pave heaven. We can keep our roads narrower, and it’s better for the environment. It’s better for pedestrians.”

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Former city engineer Michael McBride added: “We’re talking about human lives saved by roundabouts.

“Once the world embraces this, roundabouts will be everywhere.”

McBride also claimed that Carmel’s roundabout system eliminates “5,000 cars’ worth of carbon dioxide”.

Unsurprisingly, the roundabout system took some getting used to, as Corey Hill, a call center manager from nearby Avon, said he was often stuck behind confused strangers.

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However, in his defence, Engineer McBride, who oversaw the project, said: “You can spit out factual data, but at the end of the day most of the general population is afraid of new and different things.

McBride says the current US highway system “doesn’t put much trust in the driver to make choices.”

“They are used to being told what to do at every turn,” he added.

Bill Greenman, operations manager at a downtown restaurant, also thought, “If you’re having a wonderful day, you’ll probably ignore them.

“If you’re having a bad day in traffic, you’ll probably blame the roundabouts for it.”

Jessica Cicchino, vice president of research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said: “As the number of road deaths continues to rise in the United States, we really need to use all the tools in our box. tools, and roundabouts are one of those tools that we’ve seen to be effective.”

While Ken Sides, chair of the roundabout committee for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, added: “Just imagine a post-Sandy, post-Katrina or post-Andrew world where stimulus money has been put to work to build modern and sustainable roundabouts instead of rebuilding fragile and polluting marked intersections”,

“We need to do everything we can about carbon emissions and the issue of climate change,” Mayor Brainard reiterated.