Roundabouts are circular intersections designed to maximize safety, minimize delay and decrease fuel consumption. There are no traffic lights or stop signs at a roundabout.
Roundabouts offer communities a number of advantages compared to traditional intersections, including:
Roundabouts can reduce injuries by 75 per cent and fatalities by 90 per cent.
Myth: The public will never accept roundabouts.
Fact: Residents and motorists typically challenge and oppose roundabouts. However, opposition generally changes to acceptance within the first year of operation.
Myth: Roundabouts are not pedestrian/cyclist friendly.
Fact: Statistically, there are fewer pedestrian and bicycle collisions at roundabouts. Although the number of pedestrian crossings and/or predominance of seniors or disabled pedestrians must all be considered during the planning and design process.
Myth: Roundabouts are the same as calming circles.
Fact: Roundabouts and traffic calming circles may look similar, but their applications are very different. Traffic circles are typically installed as retro-fit traffic calming devices on local roads and have received mixed reviews due to their lack of implicit design consideration.