A roundabout is a circular intersection without stop signs or traffic signals. Traffic flows counterclockwise around a central island.
The benefits? Roundabouts improve traffic flow. They reduce serious crashes, injuries and fatalities because they virtually eliminate the chance of a head-on or right-angle collisions. They improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Roundabouts can even reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tips for drivers
- You’ll see crosswalks on the entry legs to the roundabout. You need to yield to any pedestrians or cyclists in the crosswalk and be sure you don’t block it.
- Yield to traffic that’s already inside the roundabout—it has the right of way.
- Drive counter-clockwise within the asphalt lane.
- There is usually a raised or colored apron around the center island in the roundabout. It’s there for large trucks and emergency vehicles only. Stay off that area.
- It’s there for large trucks and emergency vehicles only. Stay off that area.
- Keep moving while you’re in the roundabout. If an emergency vehicle approaches, don’t block its path.
- When you’re leaving the roundabout, signal a right turn just before you exit. That lets drivers waiting to enter the roundabout and pedestrians waiting to cross know your intentions.
- Yield to pedestrians crossing the exit lane.
Tips for cyclists
- Cyclists can ride either with traffic or on the cycling pathway.
- If you’re riding on the road, merge with traffic before you enter the roundabout.
- If you’re using the cycle path:
– Enter the roundabout via the ramp that extends from the shoulder of the road.
– Watch your speed when you’re on the pathway, and be aware of pedestrians.
– Dismount and use the marked crosswalks to cross the intersecting streets.
Tips for pedestrians
- When you’re crossing the legs of a roundabout, always use the marked crosswalks.
- Just like crossing any road, wait for a gap in traffic, or until all vehicles are stopped.
- Don’t cross to the center island.
- Be aware of cyclists sharing the crosswalk and pathways.