Modern roundabouts are a safer intersection solution for both drivers and pedestrians.
Other than the critical safety benefits, roundabouts:
- create opportunities for placemaking (public art, landscaping, landmarks, gateways).
- support a more efficient use of resources by reducing idling time and slowing travel speed.
- reduce noise pollution caused by fast-moving traffic.
- continue to operate in the case of power outages; and,
- are less expensive to build and maintain than conventional intersections.
Resources about the safety benefits of roundabouts and how to navigate them.
Modern roundabouts are a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Proven Safety Countermeasure and supported by a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Policy on intersection design decision-making. Modern roundabouts have shown to be highly effective in reducing the rate of serious injury and fatal crashes. Replacing stop-controlled and signalized intersections with roundabouts can reduce crashes that result in incapacitating injuries and deaths by up to 80%.
This is because they significantly:
- slow travel speeds and calm traffic.
- increase driver awareness.
- reduce the number of conflict points; and,
- reduce the possibility of high impact “T-bone” crashes.