Roundabouts are a traffic management tool which have been shown to be safer than traffic signals and can maintain traffic flow.
In order to improve safety and calm traffic for all road users, the City of Campbell River is currently considering the installation of single-lane roundabouts at two selected intersections:
- Hwy 19A and Rockland Road
- Pier Street at the entrance to the Maritime Heritage Centre
The benefits of roundabouts
Roundabouts have been proposed for these locations to improve traffic management and safety.
There are numerous benefits to installing roundabouts, including:
- Improving safety for all road users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
- Reducing speed, which results in reduced number and severity of crashes
- Reducing traffic noise and vehicle emissions – compared to traditional signalized intersections, vehicles at roundabouts do not stop and accelerate, or idle
- Enhancing appearance of intersection
Using a roundabout
In a roundabout, traffic flows in a counter-clockwise direction around a centre island, which helps to reduce traffic delays and collisions while continuing to keep traffic flowing. Drivers don't have to stop before entering a roundabout unless there is a vehicle or pedestrian in their way, so traffic flows slowly and continuously, in the same direction, and all exits are right turns.
To use a roundabout safely, remember:
- When your car approaches a roundabout, slow down and watch for pedestrians. If there are any pedestrians at the cross walk, wait for them to cross.
- Wait for a safe gap in traffic already in the circle before you enter the circle.
- Traffic inside the roundabout has the right-of-way and vehicles entering the roundabout must yield. That means that when you are in the roundabout, do NOT stop to let other vehicles enter.
- Follow the traffic signs and road markings, and signal before choosing your exit.
- As you exit, watch for pedestrians. If there are any pedestrians at the cross walk, wait for them to cross.
Roundabouts are always designed to ensure emergency vehicles can safely pass through.
Having your say on roundabouts
Planning for roundabouts in the City of Campbell River is still in the early stages. As plans develop and design begins, the City will seek input and feedback from the community.