77th Annual Meeting

ROUNDABOUTS AND TRANSPORTATION POLICY

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has made greater energy independence and climate protection top policy priorities, with the nation's mayors leading all governments on these challenges; and

WHEREAS, Conference transportation policy urges increased focus on the energy and climate effects of federal transportation policies and practices; and

WHEREAS, there is a record of successful examples in cities showing that different practices, policies and investments can reduce energy use, especially fuel demand, and curb air emissions, including greenhouse gases; and

WHEREAS, in some cases relatively modest improvements to existing road and street networks, such as roundabouts, can result in quantifiable reductions in fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions; and

WHEREAS, despite the mounting evidence on roundabouts benefits, engineering practices throughout the U.S. continue to emphasize the use of traditional signalized intersections;

WHEREAS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that roundabouts reduce fuel consumption by an average of 16 percent, equivalent to 940 gallons of fuel on a daily basis and 235,000 gallons annually per roundabout, in contrast to signalized intersections;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U. S. Conference of Mayors urges the U.S. Department of Transportation to make the increased use of roundabouts on the nation's roads a higher priority for the DOT; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on the Congress to adopt new directives in forthcoming transportation authorization to ensure consideration of roundabouts by project sponsors in lieu of signalized intersections; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon the U.S. DOT to bolster their technical assistance and informational efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of roundabouts and promote their use in working with state and local project sponsors, including promoting current law provisions that allow states to utilize federal surface transportation funds to fully fund (100 percent federal share) roundabouts.