Got an interesting note from Craig Casper from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, among many emails on roundabouts.
Here is is:
I would like to clarify that there is a difference between a roundabout and a traffic circle.
A traffic circle is a traffic-calming intersection meant to slow traffic down. A roundabout is a modern high-capacity intersection.
While I’m not an expert on them, in my drives around the community I would say that the ones near the Broadmoor are traffic circles while the Powers / Carefree Circle is a roundabout.
They have very different purposes, but to the average driver look the same. There is a learning curve to them, but I don’t think Europeans are any smarter than Americans.
Attached are some pictures of the continued evolution (in Europe) of the roundabout. There are a couple places in town where this would work great. I just don’t see it happening though.
Craig T. Casper, AICP
Pikes Peak Area COG
15 South 7th St
Colorado Springs CO 80905
If you think our roundabout on South Carefree Circle is bad, check out this graphic and photo Craig sent of a famous roundabout in Swindon, England.
Are you kidding me?
Check out this video they created to teach people how to drive it.