Roundabouts

Cyclist with dog passing through a small neighborhood traffic circle in Denver, Colorado.

Denver Could Put Pause on New Traffic Circles

The city’s fire department has asked for a moratorium on new traffic circles, installed as a traffic calming mechanism.

October 3, 2023 - The Denver Gazette

Roundabout

The ‘Quiet Roundabout Revolution’ Sweeping U.S. Cities

Roundabouts, which can dramatically improve traffic safety, have been slowly proliferating across U.S. cities over the last two decades.

December 5, 2022 - The Washington Post

Interstate 5 in Shoreline, WA

Shoreline Plans for Road Expansion

Added traffic lanes, new roundabouts, and limited bike facilities are coming to N 145th Street.

March 14, 2022 - The Seattle Medium

Indiana

Bike-Friendly City in Indiana is Known for Plentiful Roundabouts

Indiana's fifth-largest city, of just under 100,000, residents has 120 roundabouts, more than any city in the U.S., and only 14 traffic lights. The average traffic fatality rate is 83 percent lower than the national average.

February 2, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Roundabout

Friday Funny: Circular Logic in a Roundabout

Satirical website The Onion has noticed something about the American approach to the traffic circle.

August 3, 2018 - The Onion

Roundabout

The Case for Modern Roundabouts: Increased Safety

Roundabout are gaining popularity in California and across the nation. While they have been shown to reduce crashes, not all are sold on the innovative concept, and when it comes to multi-lane roundabouts, cyclists have legitimate concerns.

June 7, 2016 - Napa Valley Register

Google Celebrates the Birth of the Traffic Light

If you opened Google to do a search on Wednesday, you'd see an image (the "doodle") of a traffic light and six Model-T era cars spelling out the company's name. It was honoring the 101-year anniversary of the birth of the electric traffic light.

August 7, 2015 - Time

Arpingstone

First Roundabout Comes to New York City

Roundabouts, not to be confused with traffic circles, are becoming popular throughout the United States. The Bronx will get the first one in NYC. The insurance industry and FHWA consider them far safer than traffic lights and stop signs.

August 3, 2015 - The New York Times - Wheels

Philadelphia Skyline

Pennsylvania Comes 'Round To Roundabouts

When two roads meet in William Penn's Forest, what do you do? New plans from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation say, increasingly, you build a roundabout. No fewer than forty are on the drawing board throughout the state.

February 5, 2015 - Philadelphia Magazine

Orlando Street

Nation's Most Dangerous City for Pedestrians Becoming Safer

A Smart Growth America report put the spotlight on Orlando and the entire state of Florida as leading the nation in pedestrian deaths per capita. NPR investigate what is being done to lose the infamous title.

June 16, 2014 - NPR

Roundabouts: A Tool for Placemaking

Designed properly, roundabouts enhance placemaking and the pedestrian experience.

May 7, 2014 - Better! Cities & Towns

Stoplight and lights

What if We Got Rid of the Streetlights?

"Shared streets" guru Ben Hamilton-Baillie has shown in the U.K. that there are a lot of better ways to manage traffic than stoplights. CNU asked Ben, as he prepares to come to the United States, if shared streets could work here.

May 3, 2014 - Congress for the New Urbanism

Los Angeles Planning Its First Roundabout

Traffic engineers in the Los Angeles Department of Transportation are finalizing plans for a roundabout in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights at a notorious intersection known as Cinco Puntos.

January 19, 2014 - The Eastsider LA

Arpingstone

Roundabouts Win Again, This Time on "MythBusters"

“MythBusters” has put another urban debate to bed. According to a recent episode of the Discovery Channel show, roundabouts really are more efficient than four-way stops.

October 12, 2013 - nextSTL.com

Innovation when Good Planning Policy Has Become the Norm

Scott Doyon argues for a stripped-down, back-to-basics 'punk rock' approach to urban growth and development to replace the 'rock and roll' excesses of planning during the housing boom; and he profiles the new innovators who are doing just that.

February 5, 2012 - PlaceShakers

The Case for Roundabouts

While some Americans find them confusing, traffic roundabouts are good for the environment and cut down on time spent in traffic, say transportation planners.

May 5, 2011 - Marketplace

Roundabout Saves the Day in Wanker's Corner

A roundabout replaced a flashing red light that was causing traffic jams at an intersection in Wanker's Corner, Oregon. Locals are calling it a miracle.

October 28, 2009 - The Oregonian

Why Can't Americans Get Their Heads Around Roundabouts?

They're safer, faster, require less fuel use and enhance public space. So why do Americans tend to reject proposals for roundabouts?

July 21, 2009 - Slate.com

Roundabouts 20% More Effective At Moving Traffic

Roundabouts, usually considered a quirky European development, can reduce delays at intersections by 20%, according to studies by Kansas State University.

July 8, 2009 - Project For Public Spaces

Welcoming Traffic Circles To Town

In and around Washington D.C., traffic planners are experimenting with converting intersections to traffic circles. Residents are slowly embracing the new roundabouts.

April 3, 2008 - The Washington Post

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