Roundabouts: We need more!

Remember that ticket I got in July? Well I nearly forgot about it to, so I’m ok with you not remembering, but luckily I got to my traffic school in time. While slogging my way through the countless pages of stuff I mostly already knew I did find some gems that I wanted to pass along.

Today I’m going to write about Roundabouts, here is the bit from the section on them.

Rotary Traffic Islands
Rotary traffic islands confuse some drivers but they actually are safer environments than cross-intersections. All traffic is going in the same direction. Judging gaps in traffic is easier and driver mistakes are typically not lethal. They present no demand to judge closing speeds of fast traffic.

In a traffic island the number of potential conflict points for vehicles and pedestrians is substantially less than in a cross-intersection.

There are up to 32 potential vehicle conflict points in a single-lane cross-intersection versus 8 in a single-lane roundabout. In the same cross-intersection for pedestrians, there can be up to 24 pedestrian/vehicle conflict points versus 8 in the roundabout. This is one of the reasons you will begin to see more of these intersections being incorporated into our road system in the future.

When entering a roundabout, yield to traffic already in the roundabout. Travel on the right side of the road in a counter-clockwise direction and signal your intentions prior to exiting.

Why are so great? Basically they are way safer, even in the US where 99% of drivers have no idea what they are. They also have good through put moving cars along in a timely manner. If your curious about this you can check out the mythbusters show about it.

However there is one real reason I want more round abouts.


I can always use the extra practice on my left hand turns.  I have cloverleaf on and off rams for my right hand ones.


About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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2 Responses to Roundabouts: We need more!

  1. I’m ALL FOR traffic circles (roundabouts)! I have no idea why Americans are so enamored with Traffic lights. Local traffic configurations are getting more and more complex… when did the traffic circle become a bad idea?

    • MotoCynic says:

      I did no research, but I guess that traditional intersections are just easier to make and cheaper? Of course they would be hard to retro fit I suppose in most areas.

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