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June 10, 2014

Tell me your roundabout stories - Do you like modern traffic circles or not?


What are your experiences on roundabouts?

A handful of North Texas cities began replacing their four-way stop signs with roundabouts beginning less than a decade ago - and now the trend seems like it is really catching fire. More than a dozen of the small, modern traffic circles have recently opened or are under either currently under construction in the Fort Worth/Tarrant County area alone.

But while city planners embrace roundabouts, I've heard that more than a few motorists don't like them. What are your experiences? Ever been in a crash on a roundabout? Do you agree that they add beauty to intersections?

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Many people confuse older styles of circular intersections with modern roundabouts. East coast rotaries, large multi-lane traffic circles (Arc D’Triomphe), and neighborhood traffic circles are not modern roundabouts. If you want to see the difference between a traffic circle, a rotary (UK roundabout) and a modern roundabout (UK continental roundabout), go to http://tinyurl.com/kstate-RAB to see pictures. And here’s another site that shows the difference between an older rotary and a modern roundabout: http://tinyurl.com/bzf7qmg
The FHWA (http://tinyurl.com/fhwaRAB) has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHzly_6lWM ).
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iihsRAB for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA, http://tinyurl.com/7qvsaem
I've driven them in several states (WA, OR, CA, IN, MO, KS, UT, CO, even BC). While perfection is impossible, the vast majority seem to work very well.


These are common in Australia and allow traffic to keep movin'. Sounds good to me.

Clarke Hercules

I prefer roundabouts - they are much more efficient and keep the traffic moving. I lived in France for two years and once I got use to roundabouts, I loved them.

Betty Smith

No.They are horrible!!


I live near Kennedale High School and the city put in several roundabouts in the last year. I didn't like them at first, but they are starting to grow on me. I think they help traffic move more smoothly and minimize the wait time at an intersection.

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