Goldstream Avenue traffic circle too small

Re: Langford taffic circle dangerous, Letters, July 1, 2011.

Re: Langford taffic circle dangerous, Letters, July 1, 2011.

Don Wilkes correctly criticizes visual usability aspects of the traffic circle in beautiful downtown Langford.

But the problem is much larger.

Traffic circles are a fad in B.C. I can’t think of one that is of proper size, unlike those in Alberta and northeast B.C. years ago.

One is probably still in use in Dawson Creek and ones I’ve seen in the U.K. were on major streets, whereas more crowded locations had traffic lights.

Langford’s masterpiece is larger than many roundabouts, but still too small.

It is also inappropriate for the imbalance of traffic between Goldstream Avenue and side streets from which it is difficult to enter Goldstream due to the rule of yielding to vehicles already in the circle. Despite new arterial roads the need remains for four lanes on Goldstream Avenue.

A major municipal problem today is cutesy solutions that only work in the fantasies of politicians.

Besides messes such as Langford’s traffic circle we see Esquimalt Road’s centre median which works better at hiding jaywalkers than slowing traffic.

Often the motivation is misguided attempts to avoid proper policing to identify and curb bad drivers.

Keith Sketchley



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ocean Boulevard could open after Labour Day

Colwood council expected to discuss options later this month

Sidney can ‘only educate and encourage’ people to social distance

CAO says municipality lacks legislative authority to enforce social distancing in public

View Royal fire chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

Emergency crews harassed while extinguishing brush fire, rescuing drunk 15-year-old during long weekend calls

Greater Victoria woman goes on gratitude mission to thank first responders

Jen Klein fainted while driving and crashed on Pat Bay Highway in 2019

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

B.C. to allow customers to buy cannabis online for in-store pickup at private shops

Age verification will still be required inside the store

30% of British Columbians would ‘wait and see’ before taking COVID vaccine: poll

Some are concerned about side effects, while others don’t think the virus is a big deal

Most Read