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October 2008
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Round and Round We Go

My friend Natalie is obsessed with roundabouts. And why not? They improve road safety, keep traffic moving more efficiently and reduce both air and noise pollution.

North America has been slower to adapt the roundabout, our focus has been the signalized intersection. But in Europe the roundabout is widespread.

Ontario is about to  start construction  on its first roundabout on a provincial highway. This bold move should pave the way for future roundabouts across the province. Although it will take some getting used to I think change sets the stage for breaking away from the ‘norms’ in Ontario.

Our drivers are too complacent and if a roundabout helps to decrease the number of accidents and increase the efficiency of vehicles than we are all the better for it. I look forward to a future in Ontario with more roundabouts.


Comment from adil
Time November 7, 2008 at 3:06 am

just thought I’d let you know that the opposite of this is happening (or happened) in Dubai. When I used to live there, there used to be quite a lot of them but in the last decade they’ve been replacing them with traditional intersections.

Comment from Sasha
Time November 7, 2008 at 11:24 am

very interesting. I thought there would be more European than North American influence in Dubai. In the land of efficiency and extravagance I am surprised to hear they are going back to traditional intersections

Comment from adil
Time November 9, 2008 at 11:15 pm

haha, extravagance yes, but I don’t see why they’d have any incentive to be efficient. also, i personally think roundabouts are actually less efficient (atleast to build initially) than intersections

Comment from Sasha
Time November 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I never thought about it in terms of efficiency of construction. But you’re right they look like they would be more demanding than a traditional intersection. I guess it is all the things you do not need to provide post-construction, like lighting and other electrical.
I’m a fan of the roundabout, if for nothing more than safety, both for pedestrians and drivers.

Comment from AMH
Time April 18, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Roundabouts alos use much more real-estate, and they are too good for pedestrians and cyclists. Other acomodation have to be made for them with less direc routes. Good for drivers in this case is bad for active transportation. I’m glad the city of Toronto is not concidering them