8News Daily Poll: Do you think the new traffic circles on Floyd Avenue are effective?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Museum District residents on Wednesday night challenged city officials with tough questions about the Floyd Avenue Bike Boulevard. Not everyone is happy with the design of the project.

Eleven traffic circles have been installed along Floyd Avenue from North Thompson to North Laurel Streets. The circles are designed to slow vehicle traffic and allow cyclists and walkers to travel more safely and efficiently. However, some drivers and other critics are telling the Department of Public Works the circles are creating more problems than they are alleviating.

“We’ve seen school buses trying to make a left-hand turn,” said homeowner Gus Fulleborn. “They have to do multi-point backups to navigate the circle. UPS drivers are running over the curbs already.”

First District Councilman Jon Baliles says the $900,000 project is effectively slowing drivers and making the avenue safer.

“In my district, I think people are saying they’re working,” Baliles said.

Moving forward, crews will add crosswalk markings and raise sidewalks along the bike boulevard. They’ll also take down the traffic signal at North Belmont Avenue, turning the intersection from a four-way stop to a two-way yield.

On Monday, city council is set to approve the ordinance to remove the signal. The bike boulevard is expected to be finished in May.

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