Community Impact

How do roundabouts put more community in your community?

Roundabouts can help contribute to livable neighborhoods where streets function as more than just transportation facilities; they operate as public places that can be enjoyed by everyone. By building the feeling of “community”, roundabouts improve the practical aspects of civic life, making pedestrian safety a reality and providing a welcoming environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. The implementation of a roundabout can bolster efforts to create the unique sense of place and contribute to making a neighborhood feel more like home.

Roundabouts protect the safety of our community; they also help protect the safety of our planet.

Roundabouts have consistently proven that they lower harmful emissions when they replace traditional four way stops.

A study was conducted by Kansas State University (Environmental Impacts of Kansas Roundabouts, September 2003) at three locations that were converted from 4-way stop control intersections to roundabouts. The report found the following:

  • 38-45% decrease in CO emissions
  • 55-61 % decrease in Carbon Dioxide emissions
  • 44-51% decrease in NOx
  • 62-68% decrease in HC.

Other studies found that when conventional intersections (signalized and unsignalized) are converted to modern roundabouts, there is an average reduction of 30% in carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and a 30% reduction in fuel consumption. These preliminary conclusions indicate that modern roundabouts significantly reduce the amount of pollutants released into the atmosphere and reduce overall fuel consumption.