Navigation of Roundabouts


  1. Reduce speed and prepare to stop if necessary; traffic within the roundabout has the right of way.
  2. Choose the proper lane for your intended movement as you approach the intersection. Failing to use the proper lane may cause a crash or result in a traffic ticket.
  3. Yield to pedestrians within crosswalks; never pass any vehicles, including bicyclists, when approaching or within the roundabout.
  4. Before entering the roundabout, look left and yield to all traffic within the roundabout. The inside lane of the roundabout is often allowed to exit and has the right of way.
  5. When traffic is clear, proceed into the roundabout, to the right of the circular island.
  6. Exit the roundabout at your desired exit point, again yielding to pedestrians within the crosswalk.
  7. Do not enter a roundabout alongside large trucks or buses with traditional intersections, they may encroach on other lanes to complete their turn.
  8. In an emergency vehicle approaches, proceed to your exit and then pull over. Do not stop or change lanes within a roundabout.


  1. Always stay on designated walkways. Never cross to the circular center island.
  2. Watch for cars. You have the right of way once you have safely entered the crosswalk, but your best proection is your own attention.
  3. Cross the roundabout one approach at a time, using the median island as a refuge prior to crossing the next direction of traffic.
  4. See also Pedestrian Safety and Roundabouts and Pedestrians.


  1. If you are comfortable riding with traffic, cycle through the roundabout following the same rules as those for drivers.
  2. If you are not comfortable riding with traffic, use the paths and crosswalks following the same rules as those for pedestrians.