For engineers, roundabouts are a dream. They are cheaper to build than 4-way stops and traffic signals, and many claim that roundabouts are safer. The idea of improved safety with roundabouts comes from a number of statistics as well as studies conducted by safety experts. However, many believe that roundabouts are unsafe. It is claimed that roundabout rules are confusing and that accidents can be caused when drivers are unable to navigate them.
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A number of studies have been completed that provide compelling evidence for the superiority of roundabouts. In a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), roundabouts were shown to be safer in intersections that previously had stop signs and signals. The results showed that roundabouts reduced crashes with injuries by an amazing 75%. Overall collisions, fatality collisions, and pedestrian collisions were also reduced by 37%, 90%, and 40%, respectively.
There are several reasons for these incredible results. First, roundabouts force low travel speeds. When approaching a roundabout, a driver must slow down and yield before entering. This results in top speeds of only 15-20 miles per hour (mph). In addition, roundabouts do not have a light to beat. This means that there is not an incentive for speeding up to make it through the intersection. Roundabouts are also beneficial because of one-way travel. With no vehicles moving against traffic, there is no risk of T-bone and head-on collisions.
One of the major concerns with roundabouts in the United States involves their rarity. In European countries, roundabouts are a roadway staple. In the U.S., however, they are few and far between. As a result, many drivers are not aware of how to navigate roundabouts safely. This can lead to an increase in accidents that stem from confusion. The other and far more compelling argument against roundabouts concern cyclists and pedestrians. While roundabouts may improve efficiency for vehicle movement, they can inspire apprehension among bike riders and those traveling on foot. With the constant flow of moving cars, it is almost impossible to cross a roundabout safely.
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