UK’s first Dutch-style roundabout welcomed by road safety campaigners
The UK’s first Dutch-style roundabout, which prioritises cyclists and pedestrians over motorists, has been welcomed by road safety campaigners.
Cyclists have an outer ring on the roundabout, which is situated in Cambridge, with cycle crossings over each of the four approach roads in a contrasting red surface.
There are also zebra crossings over each approach road for pedestrians.
Motorists must give way to pedestrians and to cyclists when joining and leaving the roundabout, while reduced lane widths on the roundabout and at exit and entry points are designed to encourage drivers to slow down.
Roxanne De Beaux, executive director of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, said the new roundabout “feels like a small piece of Dutch cycling heaven”.
“I feel very safe with this layout, the geometry made it easy to see the cars leaving and approaching the roundabout and the people driving were all giving way to the people cycling and walking,” she said.
RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “Going Dutch will take on a whole new meaning in Cambridge and the council should take credit for trying to improve safety for all road users.
“For drivers, this may well be an unusual junction to navigate in the first instance, but they should remember that priority must be given to both cyclists and pedestrians as well as the usual ‘give way’ to vehicles approaching from the right.
“Some might have concerns about the impact on congestion but ultimately, if the scheme reduces collisions and injuries then that will be the true measure of success.”
Cambridgeshire County Council said that the old roundabout near the city’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital “was perceived by many people to be dangerous to cycle around”.