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Roundabouts provide a number of benefits over traditional intersections. Click on each FICTION to reveal its FACT!
FICTION: Roundabouts are unsafe
FACT: Roundabouts are safe. They have fewer and less severe crashes, 90% fewer deaths and 75% fewer injuries. In roundabouts, drivers cannot run red lights or stop signs. Roundabouts can be used in various intersection types.
FICTION: Roundabouts are dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists
FACT: Roundabouts have up to 40% fewer incidents with walkers and cyclists.
FICTION: Roundabouts cause traffic delays
FACT: Roundabouts offer non-stop travel since there is no waiting at stop signs or traffic signals.
Roundabouts accommodate up to 50% more traffic.
FICTION: Roundabouts are expensive
FACT: Roundabouts save on the cost of traffic signals and signal maintenance. During power outages, law enforcement will not have to divert officers to direct traffic.
FICTION: Roundabouts are bad for business
FACT: Businesses near roundabouts have seen an increase in sales with more customers who can easily and safely drive, walk, or bike there. They can also mark a business district or main street.
FICTION: Roundabouts are bad for the neighborhood
FACT: Roundabouts reduce pollution, noise, and fuel consumption due to continually moving traffic. Roundabout center islands can be landscaped with native plants or decorated with public art.
For more information:
U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Florida Department of Transportation
National Cooperative Highway Research, Transportation Research Board
Institute of Transportation Engineers
City of Golden
Kansas Department of Transportation
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety