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					                                                     Benefits of a Roundabout


                                                      Safety                                                  Environment
                           Hillsborough Street        Studies of over 11 intersections around the U.S.        Roundabouts result in fewer stops and lower
                                                      where traffic signals have been replaced with           travel delays, thereby reducing vehicle emissions
                               Pullen Road            roundabouts show a reduction in crashes. More           and fuel consumption.
                                                      importantly, the frequency of severe crashes
                                                      involving injuries and fatalities is significantly      Beauty
                                                      reduced, since vehicles travel slower and the           The central island in a roundabout allows

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                                                      angle of vehicles as they merge and diverge             for landscaping, sculpture, or other aesthetic
                                                      is more conducive to sideswipe and fender               features. Additionally, roundabouts eliminate
                                                      bender type crashes. Signalized and unsignalized        the clutter associated with traffic control boxes,
                                                      intersections tend to experience more T-bone            signals, poles, and wires.
                                                      and head-on type crashes.

                                                      Economy                                                   Roundabout Tips
                                                      Roundabouts result in savings for:                           Slow down as you approach the roundabout.
                                                      P The City. Roundabouts are less expensive to                Choose your lane before entering the
                                                        operate and maintain than traffic signals.                 roundabout — just as you would when
                                                      P Drivers. Roundabouts reduce waiting time                   approaching a signalized intersection.

                                                        and fuel consumption.                                      Before entering the roundabout, look left.
                                                                                                                   Proceed when there’s an opening in traffic.
                                                      P The community. Because collisions in
                                                                                                                   Vehicles (including bicycles) inside the
                                                        roundabouts are less frequent and severe,
                                                                                                                   roundabout — and pedestrians — always have
                                                        insurance and medical costs are lower; most
                           General Information and      importantly, the human cost due to injury
                                                                                                                   the right of way.
                                                                                                                   Stay in your lane. Don’t change lanes in the
                                Driving Tips            and death is reduced.                                      roundabout.
                                                                                                                   Don’t stop inside the roundabout.
                                                      Capacity
                                                      During rush hour, roundabouts typically carry
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                                                      about 30-50% more vehicles than similarly sized                For additional information, contact:
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                               City of Raleigh, NC    signalized intersections because traffic is always
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                                                      moving. During normal traffic conditions,                                City of Raleigh
                                                      roundabouts cause almost no delays, whereas                         Public Works Department
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                                                      a signalized intersection can cause delays to
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                                                      sides streets and left-turning traffic. Since traffic                 Phone: 919-996-4093
                                                      flows continuously, roundabouts increase traffic                       www.raleighnc.gov
                                                      capacity and eliminate waiting at stoplights.
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Driving the Roundabout                                                                                                                         1. Choose your lane before entering the roundabout
                                                                                                                                                  (see below for specific instructions).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3. Stay in your lane.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           4. When you reach your exit, turn on your right turn signal
                                                                                                                                               2. Yield to traffic in the roundabout. Enter the roundabout                    and exit the roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                      when there is a safe gap in the traffic.




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From Pullen Road N hb     d                                             From Hillsborough S
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To Downtown via Hillsborough Street                                     To Cameron Village via Pullen Road                                     To NC State via Hillsborough Street                                         To Western Boulevard via Pullen Road
 When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                     When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                     When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                         When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the
 RIGHT LANE.                                                             RIGHT LANE.                                                             RIGHT LANE.                                                                 RIGHT LANE.
 Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.            Follow instructions 2–4 above.                                          Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.                Follow instructions 2–4 above.
 Follow instructions 2–4 above.                                          Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.            Follow instructions 2–4 above.                                              Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.

To Cameron Village via Pullen Road                                      To NC State via Hillsborough Street                                    To Western Boulevard via Pullen Road                                        To Downtown via Hillsborough Street
 When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                     When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                     When approaching the roundabout, you may be in the                          When approaching the roundabout, you may be in the
 LEFT LANE.                                                              RIGHT LANE.                                                             RIGHT LANE or the LEFT LANE.                                                RIGHT LANE or the LEFT LANE.
 Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.            Follow instructions 2–4 above.                                          Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.                Follow instructions 2–4 above.
 Follow instructions 2–4 above.                                                                                                                  Follow instructions 2–4 above.
 Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.           To Western Boulevard via Pullen Road                                     Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.              To Cameron Village via Pullen Road
                                                                         When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                                                                                                 When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the
To NC State via Hillsborough Street                                      LEFT LANE.                                                            To Downtown via Hillsborough Street                                           LEFT LANE.
 When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                     Follow instructions 2–4 above.                                          When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the                         Follow instructions 2–4 above.
 LEFT LANE.                                                              Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.            LEFT LANE.                                                                  Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.
 Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.                                                                                    Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or preparing to cross.
 Follow instructions 2–4 above.                                                                                                                  Follow instructions 2–4 above.



 Pedestrians                                                             Bicyclists                                                              When Emergency Vehicles Approach                                            When Trucks/Buses are in the
     Use the sidewalk and designated crosswalk.                              Bicyclists using the street should follow the same rules                Do not enter the roundabout — pull over to the right.                   Roundabout
                                                                             as motorists (above), occupying the middle of the lane.             P   If you are in the roundabout, exit and then pull over.                  P   Yield to large vehicles in the roundabout — they need
     The median island (along the crosswalk) is there to
                                                                             Bicyclists using the sidewalk should follow the same                P   Do not stop in the roundabout.                                              more room to maneuver.
     provide pedestrians a refuge between lanes.
                                                                             rules as pedestrians.                                                                                                                           P   The raised section of pavement around the central
     You have the right of way, but keep an eye out for cars,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 island is a truck apron.
     trucks, and bicycles.

				
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