Does the name Frank Blackmore ring a bell? He was the guy who came up with the crazy idea of a roundabout way back in the early 60's.  Remember when roundabouts started making an appearance in Minnesota? Remember all the bitter comments from everyone who fears change?

  • "I don't know why they think these things are going to work."
  • "There is no way a semi truck is going to fit through that thing."
  • "People are going to be crashing into the back of the cars in front of them."
  • "People are gonna get piled up in the middle."
  • "Older people will never figure it out."
  • "How much is this costing the state?"
  • "Now we'll have more crashes than ever before."
  • "How are buses supposed to fit through there."
  • "They are going to create such a mess."


I think by now, we have all figured out, that although some of us get a little dizzy when we drive through roundabouts all in a row, we can't deny that they are streamlining traffic, saving lives, and accidents that DO happen are less serious than before they  were in use.

The facts are:

  • Roundabouts can reduce vehicle emissions and fuel consumption by 30%.
  • Roundabouts handle traffic much better in most situations than signals or stop signs because the entry and exit into the roundabout slows traffic so entering and exiting are more efficient.
  • Roundabouts show an 86% decrease in fatal crashes, an 83% decrease in life altering crashes, and a 42% overall decrease in injury crash rates.


  • It's our job to give large trucks enough room to use a roundabout. They can legally take up both lanes when making their way through the give them the space they's our job to do so, and they will need both lanes.
  • You are not supposed to pass people in a roundabout.
  • Do not stop in a roundabout.
  • Yield to traffic in the roundabout when you are entering.
  • You must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.


  • Pedestrians should NEVER cross to the center island in a roundabout.
  • Pedestrians need to stay on the designated walkways.


  • Remember to ride WITH traffic, not AGAINST traffic.
  • Bicycles should be able to travel at or with the same speed as motorists when making their way through.
  • Bicyclists must follow the same driving rules on roundabouts as other vehicles, yielding to pedestrians.




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