Ask a TrooperRoundabouts Popularity
By: Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol, Lake County News Chronicle
Question: Roundabouts are popping up all over Minnesota. How many are there in other places? Are they just as popular in other countries or not? Thanks!
Answer: According to figures by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, there are approximately 2,000 roundabouts in the United States. If you think that’s a lot, you can compare that to France, which has about 20,000 roundabouts, or to Australia with close to 15,000 roundabouts. The U.K. is also reported to have about 10,000 roundabouts.
You can see by these figures that roundabouts are very popular and will no doubt gain in popularity here in our own country in the future. I understand that some people don’t like them initially, but they are very safe, and they save lives, time and money so you will continue to see them being built and used. Actually, roundabouts are the safest intersections we have - they eliminate right angle crashes and slow down traffic. Roundabouts cost about the same as an intersections with lights. Thanks for asking.