Graphic of roundabout road sign A roundabout is a circular intersection designed to maximize safety, minimize delay and decrease fuel consumption. There are not traffic lights or stop signs at a roundabout.

Proposed roundabout update

The City’s Engineering Division conducted a traffic study in the area of the proposed roundabout at Victoria Avenue and Ford Street. The result of the study shows that this location does not warrant a roundabout. 

The traffic study showed that the preferred traffic control measures to manage both vehicle and pedestrian activity in this area for the long-term are a new pedestrian crossover at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Ford Street and the removal of the traffic control signals at Victoria Avenue and Lillie Street.

Graphic of Ford St S street sign  Graphic of Victoria Avenue East street sign

The ins and outs of roundabouts

Roundabouts are safe and easy to use. Here is a quick guide:

  1. Reduce speed and approach roundabout

    Graphic of car driving in roundabout

  2. Drivers entering must yield to vehicles already in roundabout

    Graphic of car driving in roundabout

  3. Wait for space and enter roundabout safely

    Graphic of car driving in roundabout

  4. Continue through your exit while checking for cyclists and pedestrians

    Graphic of car driving in roundabout

 

 Benefits of roundabouts

 Vehicle safety


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All vehicles travel in the same direction, never crossing paths. This reduces the severity of vehicle collisions. Slower speeds also give drivers more time to react and make decisions.

 Pedestrian safety

Graphic of pedestrian sign

 

A pedestrian crossover will be installed and the crossing will be shorter, reducing potential vehicle conflicts.

 Pollution reduction

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Since there is a significant reduction in vehicle idling, less gas is being burned and exhausted into the atmosphere.

 Reduced fuel consumption

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In addition to emission reduction, fuel consumption is reduced.

 Speed reduction

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Roundabouts have the effect of calming traffic and speed in neighbourhoods.

 Improved traffic flow

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Roundabouts provide an increase in traffic capacity.

 Lower life cycle costs

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Operation and maintenance costs are lower compared to traffic signals.

 

 

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