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How to use a 2-lane roundabout

Drivers

Approaching the Roundabout

  • As you approach, use the signs to choose your route and the correct lane.
  • Slow down and yield to pedestrians.
  • Yield to traffic in all lanes of the roundabout, as they have the right-of-way. When clear, enter the roundabout.

Within the roundabout

  • Do not pass or drive next to vehicles within a roundabout.
  • Do not change lanes inside a roundabout, even when exiting.

Exiting the roundabout

  • Signal as you exit.
  • Yield to pedestrians.

Things to remember:

  • Large vehicles will straddle both lanes when using a roundabout.
  • Give large vehicles room and do not drive next to them.
  • Do not pull over for emergency vehicles within a roundabout; Exit the roundabout as planned, pulling over well beyond the roundabout.

Common causes of accidents:

  • When entering the roundabout, yield to traffic in all lanes of the roundabout, as they have the right-of-way. Failing to yield to traffic in both lanes may cause a collision with a vehicle within the roundabout.
  • Do not change lanes inside a roundabout, even when exiting. Failing to stay in your lane may cause a collision with a vehicle within the roundabout.

Large vehicles

Large vehicles should straddle both lanes when approaching, within, and exiting the roundabout.

Approaching the Roundabout

  • Be aware of your surroundings and other vehicles at all times.
  • As you approach, use the sign to choose your route.
  • Slow down and yield to pedestrians.
  • Yield to traffic in all lanes of the roundabout, as they have the right-of-way.
  • When clear, enter the roundabout.

Exiting the roundabout

  • Signal as you exit.
  • Yield to pedestrians.

Things to remember:

  • Do not pull over for emergency vehicles within a roundabout; Exit the roundabout as planned, pulling over well beyond the roundabout.

Pedestrians

  • Use the marked pedestrian crossings.
  • Do not cut across the middle of the roundabout.
  • Wait for a gap in the traffic flow before crossing.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they stop before crossing.
  • When crossing, be aware of traffic in both lanes and both directions.

Sidewalks at the roundabout will include tactile walking surface indicators (sections with raised bumps) to help residents identify the pedestrian crossing locations. If you are blind or partially sighted and have concerns about accessing the roundabout please contact CNIB at 1-800-563-2642.


Cyclists

Cyclists should be aware of their surroundings and other vehicles at all times.

Cyclists may walk their bicycle on the sidewalk and pedestrian crossings, following the guidelines for pedestrians.

Cyclists may choose to ride through the roundabout as a vehicle. In this case:

  • When approaching the roundabout, cyclists should move to the centre of the appropriate lane and follow the guidelines for drivers.
  • Cyclists should stay in the middle of the lane until they are clear of the roundabout.

 


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