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The article in the Friday, March 6, 2009, Los Alamos Monitor failed to elaborate on the problems roundabouts pose for the following five categories of pedestrians: children, the less fleet of foot (whom much of the documentation calls elderly), the visually and cognitively impaired and those who travel via wheel chairs or mobility scooters.
Children and the cognitively impaired can’t always accurately judge traffic speeds. The elderly need a much larger traffic gap. Those who use wheel chairs or mobility scooters are harder to see. The visually handicapped rely heavily on traffic sounds at intersections controlled by signals and stop signs. With good skills they should be able to arrive at an unfamiliar intersection and should be able to cross without special, intersection-specific training.
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