The roundabout, also known as a traffic circle, is an intersection that is shaped like a circle and was deliberately planned using various components that encourage an effective and safe streamlined flow of traffic. The concept of a roundabout was first conceived in the United Kingdom during the 1960s. Today they are a common sight in the United States and throughout several other countries as well.
At roundabouts in the United States, cars move in an anticlockwise direction along a circular portion of the roadway in the middle of which is an elevated central island. Cars that are entering the flow of traffic are required to yield the right-of-way to traffic already in the circle.
In metropolitan areas, cars entering the roundabout must make their way through a bend in the road that is deliberately designed to be sharp enough to force vehicles to reduce their speed to approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour. In more rural locations, cars entering the roundabout might be able to travel at a slightly higher rate of speed, somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 to 35 miles per hour.
These reduced speeds enable drivers to easily and safely maneuver out of, into, and around the roundabout. The roundabout forces approaching vehicles to decrease their speed, be on the lookout for possible collisions with other cars that are already in the roundabout and be prepared to stop for any bicyclists and/or pedestrians. Once they have joined the flow of traffic within the roundabout, drivers move along to whatever exit they choose.
Benefits of a Roundabout
- Roundabouts are a safer alternative to traffic signals and stop signs
The close circular design of a roundabout compels drivers to decrease their speed, thereby greatly reducing the odds of people enduring the more severe forms of intersection accidents, such as left-turn accidents, head-on collisions, and T-bone accidents.
- Roundabouts improve traffic flow and are better for the environment
Studies have proven that the flow of traffic is streamlined once the standard square-shaped intersections are made into roundabouts. Additionally, fewer cars are idling while they sit in traffic, which cuts down on both fuel usage and vehicle emissions.
- Roundabouts generally are safer for pedestrians
In a roundabout, pedestrians keep to sidewalks that have been built around the edge and cut across just one direction of travel at a time. The distance between sidewalks are relatively small, and cars operate at speeds that are less than you would see at a conventional intersection.
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