Quinte, On. real estate agent: Trenton Gets a Roundabout

Trenton Gets a Roundabout

Trenton RoundaboutI have always liked roundabouts, they seem to allow traffic to flow a little faster, and you're not stuck waiting at an unnecessary red light in the middle of the night struggling with the temptation to drive through it.

Roundabouts are far more common in the U.K., but lately I have seen a few being built in and around the Toronto area. Here in the Quinte region, Picton has two of them. They are quick and easy once people get used to them.

Initially they will cause a bit of confusion to the uninitiated who might be a little hesitant when they first encounter one, but really there's nothing to worry about. Just look to the left, and if the coast is clear, just go go go. Remember to exit on the correct road though, otherwise you'll have to turn around and do it all over again.

The road around Trenton's new roundabout isn't paved yet, but that didn't stop me from test driving around it a couple of times when noone else was looking. It's a great solution to a very awkward intersection which formerly had a three way stop servicing four directions. This intersection had more than its fair share of confusion in the past, and I think that the new roundabout might prevent some accidents in the coming years.

I suspect that this is the beginning of a trend in Ontario, and soon we will be seeing more and more of these being built. They make a lot of sense.


Comment balloon 14 commentsMalcolm Johnston • September 19 2011 11:37AM


I lived with roundabouts in the UK for 30 years, they really help improve traffic flow 90% of the time. The only down side is if you get that timid driver only willing to move when the coast is totally clear in rush hour traffic. This can lead to heightened levels of frustration, impatience and lane changing..lol

Posted by Stuart Simm, The Home Inspector (MAX Home Inspections) over 8 years ago

We have several new roundabouts in the Hamptons in the last few years. Everything seems to be OK until a Jersey driver comes on the scene. In New Jersey, who has the right away... those entering vs. those already in the roundabout?  

Posted by Ed Kurosz , Lic. Assoc. RE Broker, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork (Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Westhampton Beach & Quogue) over 8 years ago
Loved them in the UK especially when they installed traffic lights for rush hour. The problem with them here in Canada is WINTER when we will see cars pulling 360's Yikes
Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, I have found a few of these round abouts in my area. They are usually in a new development. It does take a little getting used to LOL.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Hi Malcolm~ You make good points for why we should like roundabouts. They tend to be no fun in high traffic locations though! Everyone has the right of way... in their minds at least!

Best regards from Seattle,

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) over 8 years ago

I also like roundabouts, but they install them here to slow down traffic, not to make it flow faster. It is funny when a driver makes the newspaper or the nightly news because he tried to go through the roundabout without slowing down.

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, having lived in Paris, I'm quite familiar with roundabouts! We have them in the Sacramento area too and I've noticed that they make the navigation directions a little odd: "take the third exit" actually means go left. :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, they are building one just west of Uxbridge.  Once people get used to it, I think they will like it...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

I am a mini roundabout fan myself. They keep the traffic flowing......usually........and are cheaper to build.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Malcolm - Just back from Paris, and I had great fun watching the Parisians negotiating the roundabouts from the relative safety of my outdoor cafe.  It was like watching a great sport or Derby - there were times when I actually couldn't watch, for fear of witnessing an accident, but somehow everyone was able to maneuver and survive!

I think you should purchase a Mini Cooper and dash around the Trenton roundabout like a scene out of the Italian Job!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 8 years ago

Stuart, I agree, there is a downside when unfamiliar drivers encounter them.

Ed, I didn't think they let people from Jersey visit the Hamptons.

Susan, I hope that's not the case because that will really bugger things up.

Janice, they do take a little getting used to, but I think everyone will learn how to use them properly.

Judi, drivers here tend to be pretty polite, so I don't think we'll have too many problems with that.

Eric, hopefully no one makes the papers here for that.

Leilani, you're right, the third exit does mean "turn left". that's going to take some getting used to when giving directions.

Chris, I think most people will be happy with them, they are sensible.

Ellie, they are cheaper to build, and in the summer the city can plant some nice flowers in them.

Sally, Parisians are very good drivers, I'm not sure i could handle driving there on a daily basis. As for buying a Mini Cooper, I'm not so sure, I think they look more like girl's cars here in North America.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago


There was one in Mississauga. There were numerous accidents and they took it out.

I don't really think that I like them.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Malcolm - We have a few in the LA area--land of horrendous traffic jams, but Boston is the US city that comes to mind when I think of roundabouts.  I was in England last summer and they are everywhere in the UK.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

We are getting more and more of these things as well and so far they have done nothing but cause more accidents and they keep putting them in places that didn't have lights, so they are just slowing traffic down.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 8 years ago