Doughnut roundabout

A doughnut roundabout aims to calm traffic near the Orem Fitness Center.

A giant doughnut could be the key to slowing down cars in front of the Orem Fitness Center.

Painted by a group of volunteers who took to the roads by the Orem Fitness Center on Friday evening with paint and a vision to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, the temporary traffic calming fixtures like the pink doughnut could be used to make Orem roads safer.

“A lot of people don’t feel comfortable on the roads because of how fast the cars go,” said Brayden Santo, the founder of the Orem Bicycle Coalition.

The coalition and the city of Orem were soliciting feedback about the features Saturday, coinciding with the Touch-a-Truck event happening at the Orem Fitness Center.

Santo said the idea came from a similar event that occurred in Provo and was funded by a grant from Move Utah. He anticipates the paint will last for several months.

“We hope people like it,” Santo said.

If feedback is positive, the fixtures may become permanent.

The painted features include a splitter island, which alerts drivers to upcoming intersections, bulb-outs, which narrow the road to decrease speeds and reduce the distance pedestrians are on the road, and a mini-roundabout.

Santo said the doughnut mini-roundabout replaced the three-way stop that confused people and that many didn’t stop at.

He said the area around the Orem Fitness Center isn’t known for being unsafe, but is a visible spot chosen to solicit feedback.

To submit feedback on the painted traffic calming efforts, to to

Braley Dodson covers health and education for the Daily Herald.

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