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Reviewing is not research

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Attempting to make sense of something too perfect

By Joel M. Williams

It would be interesting to see what “safety statistics” the Transportation Board reviewed and who the “representatives of the community” they reviewed were, as stated by D.D. Martin in the Los Alamos Monitor.
Reviewing is not research as implied; and I thought the community’s only true representatives were the councilors. The board’s initial 7-0 vote against roundabouts should have told them how the community at large would receive them.
Since I presented the Los Alamos safety data in my Monitor column back on Feb. 27, they obviously did not look at the Los Alamos safety data held by the county.  I doubt very seriously whether they (“studied the engineering, reviewing simulations”) were presented or inquired about  throughput versus volume flow either.
Undeterred by detractors, I have taken a look at how traffic flows through a roundabout with regard to traffic density. I used data from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program for the flow through a roundabout as a function of input demand and Los Alamos public records (Nu-Metrics traffic Analyzer Study done Aug. 12,  2010, sent to me by Leslie Bucklin from the county Feb. 8, 2011.


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