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How to Negotiate a Roundabout

On Foot | By Bicycle | By Car 
Large Trucks | Emergency Vehicles

On Foot

  • Always use the sidewalk.
  • Approach the crosswalk.
  • Look to your left for approaching vehicles.
  • When safe, cross the street to the median island; it provides a refuge between lanes.
  • Look to your right for approaching vehicles.
  • When safe, cross the remaining lanes of traffic.

On Bicycle

  • Approach the bicycle lane.
  • Where the bicycle lane ends, either use the bicycle ramp up to the sidewalk, or merge with traffic.
  • Bicycles using the street should follow the same rules as motorists, occupying the middle of the lane.
  • Bicycles using the sidewalk should follow the same rules as pedestrians.

By Car

  • When approaching SLOW DOWN and look for Pedestrians
  • Look left for circulating traffic. Circulating traffic has the right of way
  • Pull up to the Yield sign and wait for an appropriate gap and merge RIGHT into traffic
  • Drive counter-clockwise to your exit, once inside you have the right of way
  • When exiting, put on your right turn signal, exit, and watch for pedestrians at the cross walk.

Large Trucks

  • Roundabouts are designed to accommodate fire trucks and large vehicles.
  • Large trucks may use the raised concrete apron around the control island in order to get through the roundabout.
  • The raised truck apron is 3" higher than the driving pavement to discourage cars from using it.

Emergency Vehicles

  • Do not enter the roundabout when emergency vehicles are approaching– pull to the side.
  • Allow vehicles in the roundabout to clear in front of the emergency vehicle. If in the roundabout, exit the roundabout and pull to the side.

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