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B15.2Chapter B15: Roundabouts (Draft National Cycle Manual – July 2009)
Combinations of either Normal or Mini-roundabouts locatedclose together
Can be used in grade-separated context linked by bridgeacross main carriageway
Types of roundabout (Traffic Management Guidelines)
The needs of all road users should be taken into account in the design ofroundabouts, particularly in urban areas where the high mix of motorisedtraffic and vulnerable road users is such that motor vehicle capacityobjectives are not the primary consideration. In this regard, the TrafficManagement Guidelines note the problems traditionally caused to cyclistsand pedestrians in the semi-rural, or “normal”, design with its flaredapproaches and wide circulatory carriageway widths, and recommends thatContinental-style roundabouts should be used in urban areas where possible.Mini-roundabouts are also considered in Chapter 6 of the TrafficManagement Guidelines, which notes the difficulty of accommodatingspecific facilities for cyclists within them, and sees them primarily for use as aremedial measure for specific problems rather than as a general trafficmanagement solution, and limited where possible to low-speed roads.
B15.3 The Danish Approach
The design of roundabouts with cyclists specifically in mind is covered by theDanish Road Directorate Manual, “Collection of Cycle Concepts” in thesection dealing with Planning of Traffic Areas – junction design(www.vejdirektoratet.dk ). The Manual considers roundabouts under thefollowing headings:
The Danish view is that with fewer than 6,000-8,000 motor vehicles per day inroundabouts or mini-roundabouts it is unnecessary to separate cyclists andmotorists, and that in this situation separation does not lead to greater roadsafety but may, in fact, reduce it. Similarly, cyclists can get through theroundabout faster with mixed traffic.