February 5th, 2012

Roundabouts on the Rise

Ok here’s another short article from the July 2011 issue of Governing Magazine. Chances are you’ve seen more roundabouts and traffic circles over the past decade than ever before. The mayor of Carmel, Indiana envisions a city free of traffic lights by replacing them with roundabouts and traffic circles. Carmel was to have 60 intersection roundabouts by the end of 2011 with another 35 planned.

I like roundabouts. Those that were installed in downtown Windermere a few years ago have been very beneficial to all who drive in and walk in Windermere. I believe that many drivers out this way still need to be educated about maneuvering (and reducing speed) through some of the larger multi-lane traffic circles, like the one on Lakeside Village Lane/Reams Road. However IF treated correctly, such as placing an area of refuge by way of a median, even these can provide easier crossing access to pedestrians as this gives them narrower expanses to cross rather than a sea of traffic lanes.

Author: Tory Parish

  • http://twitter.com/terrykearns Terry E. Kearns

    A new circle at Emory University restore my faith in traffic engineers http://architecturetourist.blogspot.com/2011/09/shutzes-gate-gets-circle-that-improves.html

  • Tory

    Wow Terry, that is a nice looking circle. And seems to work very well (watched your video). Before they were roundabouts, the intersections that I mentioned in downtown Windermere were four-way stops. It took a ridiculous amount of time to move through the area.