Has anyone ever proposed replacing the traffic lights in the Easton circle with yield signs? And when did those lights get installed originally?
I thought this was an interesting point in Zach Lindsey’s article on PennDOT’s plan to use more roundabouts:
“You don’t have traffic lights like in Easton,” Brown said. “It’s not like that. Each incoming roadway has (a) yield (sign) so the people in the circle have the right of way. The slow speed actually gives plenty of room to perform merging.”
The trade-off would be slower driving speeds around the circle, which I personally don’t think would be such a bad thing.
Another circle idea I’d like to see happen eventually is replacing the parking spaces in all four corners with larger pedestrian zones. It would be a lot of curb parking spaces to lose, but on the other hand they could create a really world-class pedestrian space if they extended the sidewalk and pedestrian area all the way to the edge of the circle.
I noticed those corners have been closed off to parking for lots of events in the circle and the Farmer’s Market, when there’s peak demand for curb parking. That’s a key point. If the city can clearly handle not having those parking spaces during times of *peak demand* then it wouldn’t be such a big deal to pave over them permanently. I don’t have a good sense of how much this would cost, but I would think that if they succeeded in creating a really beautiful pedestrian space, like Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, that would raise downtown land values and attract more private redevelopment in the circle.