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Raised intersections can cover an entire intersection or just a strip of road - they have have ramps on all approaches and are often constructed of brick or some textured material. Being raised, they force drivers to slow their speed and encourage drivers to be aware of pedestrians and other drivers.
Streetprinting or asphalt stamping is a cost effective way to pave intersections and crossings which appear to be brick-laid and/or raised, while actually being colorized asphalt. The textured/colored appearance warns the driver of a 'multi-use' zone or area, causing them to be more vigilant of their surroundings and to ultimately slow their speed.
Roundabouts are large 'traffic circles' that aid in lowering speed, promoting circulation, and encouraging safe driving. They are very capable of being aesthetically pleasing and have helped to reduce accidents by 40%, carbon monoxide emissions by 32%, and on average, have helped to save up to 30% on fuel.
Roundabouts are capable of being aesthetically pleasing while also being extremely functional in providing safe circulation for both vehicles and pedestrians.
Roundabouts don't only offer the ability to be aesthetically pleasing and functionally acceptable; but they are also able to be potential landmarks and/or 'place-makers'. Most roundabouts are large enough to where people may casually gather and/or meet. Furthermore, roundabouts are prime locations for markers, signs, and or sculptures that may aid in promoting and establishing an identity for an area or district.
Traffic circles are raised islands that are placed in intersections and are typically landscaped with ground cover and street trees. They require drivers to slow to a speed that allows them to comfortably maneuver around them.