What is a Roundabout?
- An intersection where all traffic circulates in a counterclockwise direction, to the right of a central island.
- All entering vehicles must yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
- All vehicles must yield to pedestrians at designated crosswalks.
- Danby Road & Barber Drive (East)
- Danby Road & Barber Drive (West)
Why do we have Roundabouts?
- They reduce speeds:
- Motorists must lower speeds to navigate through a roundabout.
- They improve safety:
- Roundabouts reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and cause motorists to reduce their speeds.
- Reduces severity of collisions due to lower speeds and the reduction of right-angle and head-on type collisions.
- Increase pedestrian safety through shorter crossing distances.
- They reduce traffic delays and improve traffic flow:
- Several motorists can use the roundabout at once.
- There are fewer stops as cars yield at entry points and are continuously moving.
- A high volume of left turning vehicles is better handled by a roundabout than a traffic signal or a gap in road traffic.
- They reduce pollution:
- Reduced delays result in reduced fuel consumption.
- Reduced emissions result in improved air quality.
- They reduce maintenance costs:
- The roundabout eliminates maintenance and electricity costs associated with traffic signals.
How do I use a roundabout?Please view the following video: