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Roundabouts

What is a Roundabout?

A roundabout is a circular intersection without stop signs or traffic signals. Traffic moves counter-clockwise around a central island.

Roundabouts offer the benefits of continuous traffic flow, lower travel speeds and fewer collisions. They can cost less to operate and maintain and reduce emissions, when compared to traffic signals. Traffic studies determine whether a roundabout or traffic signal is appropriate for an intersection.

 

 

How to Safely Use a Roundabout

When approaching a roundabout:

  • Slow down and watch for pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists when approaching the yield line at the entrance of the roundabout
  • Stay in your lane
  • Always yield to traffic in the roundabout
  • Wait for a safe gap in the traffic, remember that motorists already in the roundabout have the right-of-way

When entering a roundabout:

  • Look for pedestrians crossing, approaching cyclists and motorists
  • Yield and stop for pedestrians
  • Enter when there is enough space in the roundabout
  • Travel counter-clockwise, keep to the right of the central island
  • Always signal lane changes
  • When in the roundabout do not stop – keep moving

When exiting a roundabout:

  • Use your right turn signal before exiting
  • Watch for pedestrians and cyclists
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Rules of a Roundabout

Large Vehicles: 

Give large vehicles plenty of room to navigate within the roundabout.

Pedestrians: 

Never cross to the Central Island of the roundabout. Pedestrians should always wait for gaps in traffic and only cross when it is safe to do so.

Cyclists: 

Experienced cyclists may ride through the roundabout with motorists. Before entering the roundabout, cyclists should carefully move into the centre of the appropriate travel lane. They should stay in the middle of the lane until they are clear of the roundabout. Less experienced cyclists should dismount and walk their bicycles, following the same rules that apply to pedestrians.

Yield to Emergency Vehicles:

 If you have not yet entered the roundabout, pull over to the right if possible and allow the emergency vehicle to pass you. If you are in the roundabout, proceed to your intended exit before pulling over to the right to allow the emergency vehicle to pass you. Never stop inside the roundabout.

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Signs to Watch For

Roundabout ahead

Roundabout ahead graphic sign showing 3 black arrows going counter clockwise on a yellow diamond shape and a yellow rectangle shape below it with the word roundabout in black capital letters and a partial pole.
Reminder to yield; prepare to stop if necessary

Reminder to yield graphic sign shows red upside down triangle with another white triangle inside of it and a partial pole.
Upcoming roundabout exits and where they will take you

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Roundabout Directional Signs

roundabout directional signs


Do not drive beside trucks in a roundabout

Truck turning caution sign graphic shows a yellow diamond shape, black silhouette of a car and truck with a red burst on the corner of the back of the truck and a partial pole.

 

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York Region's first roundabout intersection at York/Durham Line and Durham Road 5 in the City of Markham and City of Pickering.

York Region's first roundabout intersection at York/Durham Line and Durham Road 5 in the City of Markham and City of Pickering.


 


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