The United Kingdom has roughly 10,000 roundabouts, which are circular, one-way road junctions. Although they are less popular in the United States, there are a smattering of roundabouts in Milwaukee, including one on the south end of the 6th Street Viaduct and a few on Milwaukee’s East Side.
Statistically, roundabouts are very safe -- in some cities even safer than traditional intersections -- but do you think Milwaukeeans understand roundabouts or are we intimidated by them?
Roundabouts are no-brainers. I have no problem using roundabouts. The rules are simple: when you approach a roundabout, slow down, look left and yield to traffic already in the roundabout -- including cyclists. Once in the roundabout, you have the right-of-way, but don’t speed and exit onto the connecting street. What’s the big deal?
Roundabouts are sketchy. I am never exactly sure what to do when I get to a roundabout. I’m pretty sure I’m using it safely, but I think more public safety messages are needed because some of us did not learn about roundabouts during driver education classes.