Residents Start Anti-Roundabout Petition; Council Member Starts Website

The controversy over a roundabout at State Route 91 has now taken to the web

With many Twinsburg residents coming forward in opposition to the proposed road constrction at State Route 91, opponents have now started an online petition.

Using the website www.change.org, a petition to Twinsburg City Council has been started, titled "Vote against installing roundabouts on the Route 91 widening project."

Phase I of the project would widen SR 91 from Post Road to Glenwood Drive and construct a roundabout at the Glenwood intersection.

Started by Laura Giammaria, the petition offers residents multiple reasons why they should oppose the project including:

  • The project is unnecessary to solve traffic problems during a specific time period (6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.).
  • Because of the large number of pedestrians who go through the area, having a traffic signal is much safer than constant traffic flow.
  • Many drivers don't know how to use roundabouts and don't use them properly.
  • Large vehicles will have to use the roundabout such as semi trucks and buses. Emergency trucks and snow plows will also have to negotiate the roundabout.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday the petition had 282 of 500 signatures.

People who sign the petition also have the opportunity to leave comments on why they disagree with the idea.

One commenter suggested, "Few people know how to properly use a roundabout, as demonstrated by the one on Liberty & Glenwood. Drivers take it much too quickly and without thought to other cars or pedestrians."

Another person said the roundabout at Liberty and Glenwood is different because it doesn't see the high traffic volume that SR 91 has.

Law Director David Maistros said the petition doesn't have any legal standing, but can be used to send a message to council about how residents feel.

Stauffer goes digital

While roundabout opponents have taken to the web, one city council member has done the same.

Ward 4 Councilwoman Maureen Stauffer created www.twinsburgroundabout.com, a website to address concerns with the roundabout while offering research and insight on the project.

“I think it’s important to do some research and present the residents with the facts,” Stauffer said during a discussion about SR 91 Tuesday night.

Stauffer said she has spent the last two weeks “pouring over” research.

“I would not support something that would harm the residents of this community,” she said.

One area of the website addresses pedestrian safety, citing research from the Federal Highway Administration, stating, "A pedestrian has an 85 percent chance of being killed by a vehicle traveling at 45 mph. That drops to 15 percent when the vehicle is traveling at 20 mph."

The website also offers users "facts to consider" and links to safety studies and videos about roundabouts.

She also writes a letter to residents informing them about the history of the project and where things are currently.

Dennis James Deegan CTM March 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I drive down Liberty Rd on a regular basis and go through the roundabout at Liberty and Glenwood and thoroughly enjoy the easy passage around the circle. It is an attractive roundabout, and pleasant experience. People slow down to take their place in the continuous circular movement and I have never experienced any awkwardness at this roundabout. I love it. I think I would feel similiarly about the roundabout at Rte 91 and Glenwood. I travel the roundabout in Talmadge and I would hate to see how long it would take to get through multiple stop lights there. The Tallmadge roundabout is a brilliant solution to a good flow of traffic. What are people really affraid of? Is it change itself? What are the real objections. .
ScottRAB March 02, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit www.iihs.org for FAQs and safety facts. “By 2025, a quarter of all drivers in the United States will be over the age of 65. Intersections are the single most dangerous traffic environment for drivers of any age with left-hand turns being the single most dangerous traffic maneuver that any of us can make. Forty percent of all crashes that involve drivers over the age of 65 occur at intersections. This is nearly twice the rate of experienced younger drivers. AARP would like to see more roundabouts constructed because of the many safety benefits that they present for drivers of all ages.” - Jana Lynott, AARP Public Policy Institute
Mark Bailis March 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I'm in Meadowood, and all in favor of the two proposed round abouts. My only concern is - they need be large (diameter) enough to handle semi's. The one at Liberty is nice, just too small...
ScottRAB March 02, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Large diameter circular intersections are unsafe because they permit 80-90% of the traffic to go faster than 25 mph. This is why the US abandoned those east-coast rotaries back in the 50's or 60's. Modern roundabouts are the refined design reimported from the UK, France and Australia once those countries had figured out what was wrong with rotaries. Modern roundabouts are designed for trucks by including the center flat area around the circle. It’s not a sidewalk, it’s called a truck apron, and it’s for trucks to begin a sharp right or end a left or U-turn on.
Scott Branstetter March 31, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Ms. Stouffer is on city council and is in favor. Ms. Giammaria is the opponent. My 70 year old mother-in-law resists change and was very concerned when they installed two near her home. She now appreciates their efficiency, and safety. I live in Meadowood and generally support the roundabouts. I have some questions, but believe they will be a significant improvement over the current state.


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