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Roundabout Intersection Risks

Roundabouts are circular intersections that are more popular in Europe and other parts of the world than in the US. These unique intersections came into being in the early 20th century, and did see a period of popularity in the US during the 1960s. They were less commonly constructed during the 80s and 90s, and some drivers believe they should be done away with as many people are unsure of how to proceed when they encounter a roundabout. However, these intersections can be safer than traditional intersections if drivers know how to navigate them and if certain precautions are taken for pedestrians and cyclists.

How to Drive in Roundabouts

If you approach a roundabout, observe the following safety tips:

  • Drivers approaching the intersection must yield to those already in the roundabout
  • Do not stop in the roundabout, and avoid changing lanes
  • Maintain awareness of cyclists, pedestrians, and oversized vehicles
  • Be watchful for merging cyclists
  • Be sure to check that your way is clear before exiting the roundabout

Following these tips will keep you and others in the roundabout safe.

Risks for Cyclists

While roundabouts can be safer for autos, they have a history of being dangerous for cyclists. This has been especially true in cases where there was a separate bicycle lane. This was usually placed on the outside of the circle, so that cars had to pass through it to enter and exit the intersection, leading to many auto and bike collisions. Newer roundabouts provide cyclists and pedestrians with special underpasses, or they have cyclists merge with the auto traffic well before the roundabout. This has also been shown to reduce bicycle accidents.

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