Dispelling the common myths about roundabouts
Standard two-lane roundabout with key terms labeled
The traditional roundabout, or circulatory intersection, suffers from a poor reputation in the United States. The word "roundabout" frequently conjures up memories of a bad driving experience abroad or in the eastern United States. However, modern roundabout design has been greatly improved from previous adaptations in Europe and along the East Coast.
The large diameter, high-speed, multi-lane roundabout has evolved into a smaller diameter, slow-speed, one- or two-lane design that provides similar capacity to that of a traffic signal. Listed below are some of the most common myths and current facts about modern roundabouts.