Roundabouts are easy to use, and improve safety and traffic flow. The videos and other information on this website will help you learn how to safely use roundabouts, whether you’re a driver, pedestrian or cyclist.
How to safely use a roundabout:
- Slow down when approaching the roundabout. Watch for traffic signs & road markings.
- Yield to pedestrians at the crosswalk as you enter and exit the roundabout.
- Look to the left for oncoming traffic.
- Yield to all traffic in the roundabout that is approaching your entry point, including cyclists.
- Drive slowly in a counter clockwise direction inside the roundabout.
- Do not stop in the roundabout, you have the right-of-way over entering traffic.
- Signal your exit as you approach your desired destination by using your right turn signal.
- Take the exit at a slow speed.
When approaching a roundabout you will see a roundabout sign.
Reduce your speed to the posted speed limit or slower and be prepared to yield to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles in the roundabout. When no traffic is approaching from the left you may proceed into the roundabout. When in the roundabout, you have the right-of-way over vehicles entering. Continue until you reach the street you wish to exit on, signaling your intention to exit in advance. As you exit, watch for pedestrians within the pedestrian corridor and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and cyclists.
Pedestrian crosswalks are set back from the roundabout allowing motorists time to see and react to pedestrians before merging into or out of the roundabout. Pedestrians should cross one lane at a time, pausing on the splitter island, and watching for cars before crossing the second lane. Pedestrians should never walk across the center island or along the circular roadway. As with all crosswalks, always make sure that motorists see you before stepping onto the crosswalk.
Cyclists may ride through the roundabout following the tips described in the ‘Navigating Roundabouts’ section above. Alternatively, cyclists may choose to dismount and walk their bicycles through the pedestrian crosswalks as described above.
- Cyclists navigate a roundabout similar to other vehicular traffic.
- When approaching the roundabout, hand-signal your intent to move left and occupy the lane.
- Travel through the roundabout in the middle of the lane to prevent vehicles from passing or cutting you off.
- If you are not comfortable riding in traffic, dismount and use the sidewalk/crosswalk as if you were a pedestrian.
What about Emergency Vehicles?
Do not stop within the roundabout. If you haven’t entered the roundabout yet, pull to the right side of the road and allow the emergency vehicle to pass you on the left. If you have entered the roundabout, continue on at a safe speed within the roundabout and exit as normal, then pull to the right side of the road and allow the emergency vehicle to pass you on the left.