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Tips to Navigate Single Lane Roundabout

Post Date:04/23/2020 8:00 AM

Click here for information and here to play a video on how to navigate a roundabout. 



 • Slow down as you approach the roundabout. At this point, you should see a "Roundabout Ahead" sign followed by a "Yield" sign. The recommended speed is normally 15 - 20 mph.

• Look to your left before entering the roundabout and yield to any oncoming traffic. Traffic already in the roundabout has the right-of- way. Do not enter unless a safe gap is present. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter the roundabout without yielding.
Crosswalks are placed one or two car-lengths before the round- about itself. Yield to any pedestrians who are in, or about to enter, the crosswalk.

• When there is a safe gap in traffic, enter the roundabout. Maintain a low speed as you maneuver through the roundabout and proceed to your exit.

• Yield only to pedestrians in the crosswalk or emergency vehicles when exiting a roundabout. Remember that drivers inside the roundabout have the right-of-way. Unless a pedestrian is crossing the crosswalk or an emergency vehicle, such as an ambulance, is entering or exiting the roundabout, proceed through the exit without stopping or slowing down.
If an emergency vehicle is about to enter or has already entered the roundabout, do not stop in the roundabout. Instead, exit out your original destination and only then pull over.

• Never, ever stop in the middle of a roundabout. A roundabout is like an intersection, through which traffic is continuously flowing. Stopping in the middle of a roundabout will cause congestion and increase the likelihood of an accident.

• Navigate the roundabout as a cyclist. If you are cycling through a roundabout, you have two options:
1. Enter the roundabout as if you were a vehicle. Remain centered in your lane to be most visible and avoid being cut off by other vehicles.
2. If you are uncomfortable riding your bicycle through the round- about, exit the roadway and use the crosswalks.

• Navigate the roundabout as a pedestrian. If you wish to cross the roundabout as a pedestrian, follow these steps:
a. Look to your left and cross when there is a safe gap in traffic.
b. Stop when you reach the splitter island.
c. Look to your right and cross when there is a safe gap in traffic.



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