Remove the roundabout in front of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center

Remove the roundabout in front of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center

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Matthew Scrape started this petition to Syracuse University Chief Facilities Officer Peter Sala

The roundabout in front of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center has long plagued the busses of Syracuse University. There are 2 reasons why this roundabout is contradictory to the values that we aim to uphold at Syracuse. Reason number one is this: the original purpose of a roundabout is to reduce the chances of a head on collision happening in a highly trafficked intersection. The thing with this particular roundabout is that it is not in a highly trafficked area, and not only does it fail to reduce the chances of a head on collision happening, it actually increases the chances of one taking place. This is due to the nature of the roundabout being on a very narrow road. When a car is parked on this narrow road, a large bus simply cannot squeeze by, forcing the bus driver to go the wrong way around the roundabout. Going the wrong way down any road is an ill advised idea, but it is especially worrisome in this case when there is a chance of two busses full of students and university employees meeting each other head on. The second reason that this roundabout must be replaced with a more traditional intersection is that these large busses, which are the main utilizers of this roadway atrocity, are by nature difficult to control and maneuver. Why then, are these drivers forced to attempt to steer around this narrow roadway dozens of times per day in a city like Syracuse which often experiences adverse conditions? If Peter Sala truly cares about the safety of the students and employees of Syracuse University, he will take action to remove this roundabout and replace it with a safer, more navigable roadway for campus bus services.

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