A traffic circle is a one-way, circular intersection in which traffic flows around a center island, similar to a roundabout.  Traffic circles or rotaries, operate under different traffic rules than a roundabout.  In Santa Cruz, they are used as "traffic calming circles" to slow down traffic, and not as a controlled intersection, where roundabouts are used.

King Street & Ladera Drive


There are a few traffic circles in the city of Santa Cruz.  Two are on the westside of town. One at the intersection of King Street / Ladera Drive, and other at the intersection of King Street / Baldwin Street.  The one on the eastside of town is at the intersection of Fairmount Avenue / Pacheco Avenue.

King Street & Baldwin Street Fairmount Avenue & Pacheco Avenue


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