Colorado Springs was the first city in Colorado to install roundabouts in the 1980s, and the city still has one of the largest numbers of roundabouts in the United States. The UCCS campus features four roundabouts, and Sgt. Lisa Dipzinski of the UCCS Police helps drivers navigate roundabouts in the department’s new #SafetyTipTuesday video posted on social media March 12.
For drivers who aren’t familiar with roundabouts, or get nervous as they approach them, Dipzinski recommends the following tips to keep in mind:
- Traffic moves counterclockwise, so drivers will go to the right as they enter.
- Before entering a roundabout, look left. If you see an oncoming vehicle, you are required to yield.
- While yielding to traffic in the roundabout, if you see a gap in traffic that will allow you to enter the roundabout safely, you may do so.
- Pedestrians need to use designated crosswalks on the outside of the circle. They should never cross to the central island.
Roundabouts have shown to reduce accidents by 35 percent, fatal accidents by 78 percent and pedestrian injuries by 89 percent, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
The UCCS Police Department employs 17 sworn, state-certified and commissioned peace officers in addition to five campus service and housing security officers.