This device is referred to as a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Pedestrian Beacon: (RRFB). These are proposed at all Round Lake Road crossings including the intersection of Hearthwood Drie. These include a push button for pedestrians to activate a flashing beacon that alerts drivers to their presence and desire to cross.
Materials from the March 3, 2014 public hearing are now available in the Documents section of this page.
EDPL Public Hearing Notice
The official notice was published in The Daily Gazette starting Thursday, February 13, 2014
The Eminent Domain Procedure Law (EDPL) Public Hearing will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm at the Town of Malta Town Hall, 2540 Route 9, Malta, NY 12020.
Hard copies are available at Town Hall in the Town Clerks Office and the Department of Building, Planning and Zoning. A copy is also available at both the Malta Branch (Malta Community Center) and the main branch (Clark House) of the Round Lake Library.
Below is independent information regarding pedestrian safety at roundabouts and collected information regarding roundabouts located near schools.
1 – Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Q&A (Question #8) – “Studies in Europe indicate that, on average, converting conventional intersections to roundabouts can reduce pedestrian crashes by about 75 percent. Single-lane roundabouts, in particular, have been reported to involve substantially lower pedestrian crash rates than comparable intersections with traffic signals.”
2 – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Roundabout Guide, Chapter 5 – Safety.
-Section 5.1 discusses the overall safety benefits for pedestrians.
-Section 5.3.3 provides British data regarding pedestrian crashes per million trips for intersection types that shows nearly a 50% reduction in pedestrian crashes per million trips. There is also discussion of the impact of vehicle speed probability of a pedestrian fatality. A Dutch study of 181 intersections converted to roundabouts notes a 73% reduction in total pedestrian crashes and an 89% reduction in injury crashes.
3 – Minnesota DOT Study Regarding Pedestrian and Bicycle Risk - The Study observed 1000′s of pedestrian crossing events at several roundabouts and no pedestrian accidents occurred.
4 – WalkingInfo.org
-Do Roundabouts work for bicycles and pedestrians?
5 – NCHRP Report 572 – Roundabouts in the United States - This report was prepared by the Transportation Research Board. Page 110 of the PDF discusses the pedestrian and bicycle safety results. The findings do note that the yield rate for motorists is mixed and it further notes that it is unknown if pedestrians are avoiding the intersection.
6 – Roundabouts identified by the FHWA as one of nine proven safety countermeasures to implement: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/provencountermeasures/fhwa_sa_12_005.htm
7 – Roundabouts Located Near Schools – This summary was provided at the request of the Steering committee during the November 14th steering committee meeting.
New items have been posted to the Documents page:
-Comment Letter from the Round Lake Hose Company
-Public Comments and Responses (2012) from previous corridor planning study