Myths and How Tos
How a Multi-lane Roundabout Works
The short video above shows how a multi-lane roundabout works. The sooner you need to turn, the further to the right side you drive.
Fact vs. Fiction
Fiction: Roundabouts are unsafe
Fact: Roundabouts have fewer and less severe crashes, 90% fewer deaths, and 75% fewer injuries.
In roundabouts, drivers cannot run red lights or stop signs.
Fiction: Roundabouts cause traffic delays
Fact: Roundabouts offer non-stop travel with no waiting at stop signs or traffic signals. Roundabouts accommodate up to 50% more traffic than typical intersections.
Fiction: Roundabouts are Expensive
Fact: Roundabouts eliminate the cost of traffic signals and signal maintenance. During power outages, traffic still flows freely.
Fiction: Roundabouts are dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists
Fact: Roundabouts have up to 40% fewer incidents with pedestrians and cyclists.
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.
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Statistics Source: The Florida Department of Transportation at http://swflroads.com/resources/roundabouts/