UK's first Dutch-style roundabout continues to spark debate in Cambridge a week after opening
The UK's first Dutch-style roundabout continues to spark debate in Cambridge- a week after it opened. It prioritises cyclists and pedestrians over drivers. Cyclists have an outer ring on the roundabout, with the cycle crossing over each of the four approach roads in a contrasting red surface. There are also four zebra crossings over each approach road for pedestrians.
It's situated at the junction of Fendon Road and Queen Edith's Way. Motorists must give way to pedestrians and to cyclists when joining and leaving the roundabout.
Reduced lane widths on the roundabout and at exit and entry points are designed to encourage drivers to slow down.
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."
People also "reported feeling unsafe when walking in the area due to lack of pedestrian crossings, particularly more vulnerable users", the council said.
Some have describe the new investment as a "small piece of Dutch cycling heaven".
Others have criticised the unusual layout and the cost of 2.3 million pounds.
The project was originally estimated at around £800,000. A council highways report said that additional utility work, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic, were reasons for why this number almost trebled.
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