July 14th, 2006
City of Carmel Receives 2006 City
Livability Award for Roundabouts
Carmel, IN –The City of Carmel
has been awarded Honorable Mention in the 2006 City
Livability Awards Program, sponsored by the U.S.
Conference of Mayors and Waste Management.
The awards recognized and honor mayors for exemplary
leadership in developing and implementing programs that
improve the quality of life in America’s cities. An
independent panel of judges, selected by The U.S.
Conference of Mayors, determined the winning cities from
a pool of 250 applicants based on three criteria:
mayoral leadership, creativity and innovation, and broad
impact on the quality of life for residents.
When Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard saw the population
growing and the Carmel citizen’s dependence on their
vehicles increasing, he began lobbying for the
installation of roundabouts by promoting their proven
safety record, cost savings, environmental friendliness
and ability to smooth traffic flow.
Carmel began installing roundabouts at some
intersections in 1996 and now has 20 on city
thoroughfares. The Carmel Police Department has reported
a significant drop in the seriousness of injuries and
dollar value of damages suffered by motorists in
roundabout accidents ($3,000 – $3,500) vs. right angled
intersections ($7,900 - $14,800). In addition to saving
taxpayers money by installing roundabouts, it’s
estimated that residents burn 470,000 fewer gallons of
gas equaling approximately $11,750,000 per year in
The City Livability Awards were presented at the
Conference of Mayors’ Annual Luncheon by Mr. Barry
Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs
and corporate Communications of Waste Management, the
nation’s largest provider of waste management services.
Waste Management’s support makes the City Livability
Awards Program possible.