SAFETY - Are roundabouts safe for pedestrians?

Yes, roundabouts are safe for pedestrians.

In a typical roundabout, pedestrians walk on sidewalks around the roadway (not across the central island). If it is necessary for pedestrians to cross the roadway, they cross one direction of traffic at a time. Crossing distances are relatively short and traffic speeds are lower than at traditional intersections. The location of crosswalks at roundabouts are away from the main travel zone which provides motorists with more space and time to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

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1. Why are roundabouts being utilized more at intersections?
2. How is the size of a roundabout determined?
3. Can a roundabout handle the same traffic volume as a signalized intersection?
4. GENERAL - Why is there a negative perception of roundabouts?
5. GENERAL - What is a mini-roundabout?
6. MULTILANE - For multilane roundabouts, how do I know the proper lane for the direction I wish to travel?
7. MULTILANE - If two vehicles side-by-side approach a multilane roundabout at the same time, which motorist has the right-of-way?
8. SAFETY - Are roundabouts safe for pedestrians?
9. SAFETY - What about bicyclists? Is it safe for them?
10. SAFETY - Are roundabouts more difficult for inexperienced drivers to maneuver through?
11. SAFETY - If roundabouts are so safe, why aren't they used at every intersection?
12. WHAT TO DO IF an emergency vehicle is entering a roundabout?
13. WHAT TO DO IF it's my first time driving at a roundabout?
14. WHAT TO DO IF a large truck enters the roundabout?