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Roundabouts

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What is a Roundabout?

A roundabout is a circular intersection where traffic flows counter-clockwise around a center island. Roundabouts improve traffic flows, reduce motorist and pedestrian injury collisions and fatalities, and increase pedestrian safety. 

How to Drive in a Roundabout

  • When approaching a roundabout, all drivers must slow down.
  • Look at the lane sign and choose the correct entry lane.
  • Yield to the pedestrians at the crosswalk, they have the right-of-way.
  • When entering a roundabout, yield to the vehicles already in the roundabout.
  • Merge into traffic when there is an adequate safe gap.
  • Continue through the roundabout until you reach your exit.
  • Do not change lanes.
  • When exiting the roundabout, signal and yield to pedestrians .
  • Do not pass other vehicles in the roundabout.
  • Give large vehicles extra space because they might use both lanes.

 Tips for Pedestrians

  • Step up to the curb by the designated crosswalk and extend your arm.
  • Wait for the drivers to completely stop before stepping onto the street.
  • Look and listen for a safe gap in the traffic.
  • Cross one approach at a time, using the splitter island to check for approaching traffic.
  • Cross only at the designated crosswalks; never cross to the central island.

 

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