Typical Layout of a Traffic Circle
A traffic circle is a raised island located in the centre of an intersection. Vehicles are required to travel through the intersection in a counter-clockwise direction around the island. Its purpose is to slow down travel speeds and discourage traffic from short-cutting through a residential neighbourhood.
Traffic circles are part of the traffic calming* “toolbox” intended to address neighbourhood intrusion issues related to excessive travel speeds, rat-running, etc. Traffic circles generate less vehicle noise, vibration, and exhaust emissions compared to other traffic calming measures, such as speed humps.
* Traffic calming - a traffic management tool aimed at limiting travel speed by introducing physical roadway geometric changes at selected locations.
How to Drive Around a Traffic Circle
Remember: Traffic circles are new to most drivers in Richmond, so please... Drive Defensively!
For further information, please contact:
City of Richmond
Nothing stated on this page affects the applicability of the Motor Vehicle Act.