Roundabouts – When Driving in a Circle Makes Sense

Roundabouts – you either love them or hate them. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground when it comes to driving in a circle to get to where you’re going. Regardless of what you might think about roundabouts, studies have shown that they are safer, save time, reduce pollution from idling cars, and save communities money that would be spent on traffic signal/sign installation and maintenance.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has come out with a number of roundabout benefits. The FHWA says crashes at roundabouts show 90% fewer fatalities and 75% fewer injuries with 10 to 40% fewer pedestrian/bicycle crashes. Each roundabout intersection has a 30 to 50% increase in traffic capacity so there is less delay waiting at stop signs and traffic signals. Roundabouts reduce pollution, noise, and fuel consumption, and can be landscaped with native plants and trees. Finally, the FHWA says roundabouts save money since there is no need for installation and maintenance of traffic signs or signals.

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Comments (2)

  1. Your credibility is low since you don’t know the correct acronym for the Federal Highway Administration, and can’t be bothered to look it up.

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