What is roundabout?

  • (adj): Marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct.
    Example: "A roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"
    Synonyms: circuitous
    See also — Additional definitions below


A roundabout is a type of circular intersection or junction in which road traffic is slowed and flows almost continuously in one direction around a central island to several exits onto the various intersecting roads. In a modern roundabout, entering traffic must always yield to traffic already in the circle, and roundabouts have additional restrictions on the junction layout to give high safety. Elimination of the opportunity for the most deadly crashes at intersections (T-bone or perpendicular crashes), is the greatest asset of the intersection design. Pedestrians are routed away from the intersection into which automobiles enter to separate crosswalks located at least one full car length outside of the intersection, where they have a refuge between lanes of traffic. This enables pedestrians to only have to cope with traffic coming from one direction at a time, which is travelling slowly enough for visual engagement with drivers and encourages deference toward the pedestrians. Roundabouts, in their modern form, were standardised in the U.K., improving on the experience of traffic circles built in the U.S. following WWII, Modern roundabouts are now common in many countries around the world.

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Centennial Circle - History
... for a reconstruction and streetscape project, which included the proposed roundabout to replace the inefficient five-way intersection ... was contracted by the city to prepare final design plans of the roundabout ... at Bank Square and that it seemed contradictory to refer to a roundabout intersection as a square ...
Schuman Roundabout
... Schuman Roundabout (Dutch Schumanplein, French Rond-point Schuman), or Schuman Square, is a roundabout at the end of Rue de la Loi in Brussels that ... The roundabout is just to the east of the metro segment of Schuman station, which connects to heavy rail ... There are already a web of rail and road tunnels running under and around the roundabout ...
Chiverton Cross - Roundabout
... Westward from the roundabout, the A30 is a dual carriageway road to the east is a 7-mile single carriageway section ... westbound between Chiverton Cross and Avers Roundabout, north of Redruth and eastbound and westbound between Chiverton Cross and Chybucca, the junction for ... There are motorists' services by the roundabout including the Chiverton Arms pub (illustrated right), a Starbucks coffee shop (formerly a Little Chef restaurant) and two filling stations ...

More definitions of "roundabout":

  • (adj): Deviating from a straight course.
    Example: "A roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
    Synonyms: devious, circuitous

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