In a move that is oh so European, New York is encouraging transportation planners to consider using roundabouts to solve traffic problems in congested areas. The advantage is that, unlike multi-arrowed traffic signals, roundabouts keep traffic moving. They also are expected to reduce the number and severity of collisions.
Western New York recently began seeing the fruits of some of those plans, with roundabouts in the Village of Hamburg and on Kensington, Harlem and Wehrle.
In brief, some people love them and others.... not so much.
The small traffic circles operate on a pretty basic premise: Cars outside the circle yield to cars inside the circle. (It's not as hard as it sounds, since cars inside the circle do eventually leave it.) The circles do have a learning curve, for lack of a better term, and that has been a problem for a fair share of drivers.
But, it looks like they are here to stay and we will be seeing more of them.