Peel’s First Roundabout Benefits Drivers, Environment and Accomodates Farm Vehicles
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 21, 2011) – The first roundabout constructed by the Region of Peel was commemorated today at Dixie Road and Olde Base Line Road in Caledon. The roundabout is the first in Peel to involve two Regional roads and is in keeping with the Region’s position to encourage and improve traffic safety. The design safely accommodates large trucks and farm vehicles. The roads to the roundabout have clear signage and the roundabout is easy to use. Environmental benefits include improved fuel efficiency and fewer vehicle emissions from minimizing stopping and idling.
“Peel’s transportation staff researched and tested the design to ensure that it can safely accommodate all road vehicles, including trucks and farm vehicles,” said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. “Roundabouts are good for traffic flow and reducing vehicle emissions for cleaner air. Plans are in place to add more roundabouts to our community. The Region explores ideas that serve our communities and we do our best to pursue and build the safest options.”
A traditional four-way intersection has 32 points of conflict in which two vehicles may collide while a roundabout only has eight such points.
“A roundabout at this location provides a good balance of traffic calming while improving flow,” said Damian Albanese, Director of Transportation. “The slow speeds in a roundabout help improve safety for drivers and pedestrians. The roundabout provides equal priority for all traffic entering the intersection while improving traffic flow as unnecessary stopping is eliminated.”
The Dixie Road and Olde Base Line Road roundabout was part of a road construction project that includes the repaving of Dixie Road and the realignment of Dixie Road and Horseshoe Hill Road. The roundabout connects the two north-south roads that originally terminated metres apart at Olde Base Line Road.
Future roundabout locations being evaluated and planned include:
- Mayfield Road and Pillsworth Drive
- As part of the Bolton Arterial Bypass Road: King Street at Colleraine Drive and Hwy#50 at the proposed RR #150 (North of Columbia Way)
How to Use a Roundabout:
The entry is similar to merging onto a highway but at a slow speed:
- Slow down as you approach the roundabout as warned by the signage.
- Yield to vehicles already in the roundabout and stop if necessary.
- Enter and merge when safe to do so.
- Exit at your desired turn-off.
- Always use turning signals while in the roundabout.
- Reduced traffic delays from stop-and-go motion.
- Increases traffic capacity as vehicles are kept moving.
- Reduces fuel consumption and emissions.
- No T-bone side-impact collisions or head-on collisions.
- Traffic is calmed leading up to the roundabout.
- Roundabouts are still effective in power outages compared to traffic lights.
An animated demo on using a roundabout can be found at: peelregion.ca/roundabouts
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca