Paris, Shanghai, Birmingham…Golden?
You wouldn’t normally see these world renowned destinations and metropolitan centres in the same sentence with Golden, but they do all have one thing in common. They are all featured in the Roundabouts of the World 2015 Calendar.
“Nearly a year ago I heard an interview on CBC radio’s As it Happens with Kevin Beresford who produces a calendar called Roundabouts of Britain – he was expanding to Roundabouts of the World,” said Phil Armstrong, planning technician with the Town of Golden.
“So I sent him a picture of Golden’s gem of a roundabout and he decided to feature the roundabout in his 2015 edition of the calendar.”
Golden’s road to roundabout fame was not quite as simple as that, however. After receiving the photo of Golden’s roundabout, Beresford lost all of the information, including a contact for Armstrong. He then had to seek help from the CBC and its listeners to identify the mysterious traffic circle in the B.C. mountains.
As it Happens and CBC posted it on their Facebook pages, asking help to find this place.
After a variety of guesses, including Clearwater, Squamish, and one gentleman who was certain it was downtown Regina (apparently the mountains in the background resembled those of Saskatchewan), enough people identified it as Golden.
Beresford was able to find contact information for Armstrong, and let him know that the calendar had been published, with Golden featured in March.
And Golden is in with some pretty impressive company. A roundabout from Idaho, which Beresford calls “a worthy winner of the International Roundabout of the Year award,” features a wildlife scene with a mountain cliff face, cascading waterfalls, and soaring eagles.
“There’s some pretty cool other ones in there,” said Armstrong.
Our own roundabout came about from the revamping of the overpass off of Highway 1. Highways decided to use a traffic circle, and the Town of Golden wanted to add a little flair to it.
“We had our new sign program designs in, so I thought ‘why not do this?’ Each of these structures were designed as landmarks to point to things in the community. And we wanted something big and bold here, so we put more of these together,” said Jon Wilsgard, chief administrative officer with the Town of Golden.
Highways had planned on putting shrubs in the centre, but Wilsgard wanted something a little more attention grabbing.
“It’s nice because you can see it from the highway when you drive in.”
As roundabouts are becoming more and more common in the province, so to is the inclusion of community art. Most that are popping up feature some sort of centrepiece that showcases the community in some way.
Perhaps a Roundabouts of British Columbia will be coming up next.