SR 510 & Reservation Rd. roundabout
Photo courtesy: WSDOT
– “Americans don’t like roundabouts, but they should”
“…researchers say roundabouts can save lives. According to data by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “roundabouts reduced injury crashes by 75 percent at intersections where stop signs or signals were previously used for traffic control.” Apart from preventing cars from crashing into each other, roundabouts also saved the lives of countless pedestrians.
Why is that? The Washington State Department of Transportation points to several main reasons. First, curved intersections “eliminate” the possibility of deadly head-on collisions.
Second, the nature of roundabouts forces drivers to reduce their speeds as they approach them. And third, “because traffic is constantly flowing through the intersection, drivers don’t have the incentive to speed up to try and ‘beat the light,’ like they might at traditional intersection,” the Washington State Department of Transportation writes on its website.
Despite all that, the United States is vastly outperformed in the number of circular intersections compared with many European nations,” by Rick Noack, Washington Post.
– Editor’s Note:
Yelm rejected a proposed roundabout at the Mossman & 1st St. interchange.