A roundabout is a traffic circle where all traffic moves counter clockwise around the centre island.
Benefits of a Roundabout
- Lower vehicle speeds
- Lower chance of severe accidents
- Increased pedestrian safety
- Fewer stops; keeps traffic moving
How to Drive in a Roundabout
- Reduce speed when approaching a roundabout and keep to the right
- Yield to pedestrians at the crosswalk
- Move to the yield line and wait for a break in traffic before entering the roundabout. Yield to all traffic to your left - including cyclists
- Drivers within the roundabout always have the right-of-way
- While in the roundabout, move in a counter clockwise direction and never stop - you have the right-of-way over traffic wishing to enter the roundabout
- Be aware of large vehicles and provide them with extra space.
- When approaching your desired exit, use your right turn signal and maintain your speed while exiting.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a pedestrian use a roundabout?
Never cross into the middle of the roundabout. Use the crosswalks and sidewalks around the outside of the roundabout. Watch for breaks in traffic and choose the appropriate time to cross.
How does a cyclist use a roundabout?
Experienced cyclists should use the roundabout as if they are driving a car. Vehicles driving within the roundabout will be moving slowly, relatively close to the speed at which you ride. While in the roundabout, ride in the middle of the lane and watch out for any driver blind spots.
Less confident cyclists should dismount and walk their bicycle on sidewalks or across crosswalks like pedestrians.
What do I do if an emergency vehicle approaches a roundabout?
If you have not entered the roundabout, pull to the side to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. If you are already in the roundabout, continue on as normal and after you exit, pull to the right allowing the emergency vehicle to pass. Never stop within a roundabout.