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    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

    2 Responses to The Zen of Roundabout Engineering

    1. Corey
      June 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      The Dutch know that bad cycling and driving behavior is largely a symptom of a poorly designed roadway. By the way, engineers in the Netherlands are increasingly favoring multi-level roundabouts instead of this older design. The new system has been found to be the safest of all. Here is a video from the same Youtube user.

    2. James
      June 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Corey, I have heard that before about the Dutch. And *some* engineers here will say similar things. Here in America, though, I think the common view among bicyclists and planners is either (a) American drivers are 'bad' or (b) the better behavior of drivers in places like the Netherlands is related to the "safety-in-numbers" effect.

      To make the case that good engineering design is self-enforcing, it would be helpful to be able to point to examples where the overall context for a design is more similar to Delaware than the Netherlands. Are you aware of any studies that have tried to quantify bicyclist and motorist behavior before and after some bicycling-specific infrastructure was built?

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