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					What is a Roundabout?                                                                Roundabout User Tips
A Roundabout is a one-way circular intersection without traffic signal
equipment in which traffic flows around a center island that operates                            Cars
with yield control at the entry points, and gives priority to vehicles
within the Roundabout.                                                              • Determine where you want to go.            • DO NOT TURN LEFT AT THE
                                                                                    • Approach the roundabout as you               SPLITTER ISLAND.
                                                                                      would a typical four-way intersection.     • Once you are in the roundabout, do
                                                                                    • Stay to the right of the splitter island     not stop except to avoid a collision;
                                                                                      and SLOW DOWN to 10-15 mph.                  you have the right–of–way over
                                                                                    • If you are making a right turn, you          entering traffic. Travel in a counter-
                                                                                      should be in the right lane; if you are      clockwise direction. DO NOT
                                                                                      making a left turn, you should be in         CHANGE LANES.
                                                                                      the left lane; through movements can       • Look for your street, use your right-
                                                                                      be made from either lane.                    turn signal and exit the roundabout.
                                                                                    • Watch for bicyclists and allow for         • As you exit the roundabout, watch for
                                                                                      them to merge into the entry lane.           and yield to pedestrians and bicyclists.
                                                                                    • Watch for and yield to pedestrians in      • If you miss your street, simply travel
                                                                                      the crosswalk or waiting to cross.           around the roundabout again and exit
                                                                                    • YIELD to traffic already in the              at the desired street.
                                                                                      roundabout.


                                                                                                 Pedestrians
                                                                                    • Stay on the designated walkways              is your own attention.
                                                                                      at all times, crossing only at             • Cross the crosswalk one lane at
                                                                                      designated crosswalks.                       a time, using the splitter island as a
                                                                                    • Never cross to the central island.           refuge area before crossing the
                                                                                    • Watch for cars; you have the                 next lane.
                                                                                      right-of-way, but your best protection


                                                                                                 Bicyclists
      Central Island           Crosswalk              Circulatory Roadway           • If comfortable riding in traffic,            drivers by pointing to your destination.
      Concrete Truck Apron     Yield Line             Sidewalk Around Perimeter       you may ride on the circulatory            • If uncomfortable riding in traffic,
      Pedestrian Refuge        Splitter Island        Exit Lanes and Entry Lanes      roadway of the roundabout like a car.        dismount your bicycle at the
                                                                                    • As you approach the roundabout,              crosswalk and move to the sidewalk.
                                                                                      merge into the entry lane before the         Once on the sidewalk, walk your

Roundabout Signs                                                                      shoulder or bike lane ends.
                                                                                    • Communicate your intentions to
                                                                                                                                   bicycle like a pedestrian.



                                                                   YIELD
                                                                                     Why Roundabouts?
                                  Watch for              Yield to traffic already     Roundabouts move traffic safely and efficiently through an intersection.
                                 pedestrians               in the roundabout          The benefits of a roundabout include slower speeds, reduction in                              Informational Guide For:
                                                                                      pollution and fuel use, reduction in the severity of accidents, and drivers
                                                                                      have more time to judge and react to other vehicles and pedestrians.
                                                                                                                                                                              CARS • PEDESTRIANS • BICYCLISTS
     Slow down                                                Travel in a
  when approaching             Stay to the right           counterclockwise
    a roundabout             of the splitter island         direction only.          PRODUCED BY                                                       FOR FDOT               Florida Department of Transportation
Driving Roundabouts
         Roundabouts
 Driving Roundabouts
Driving Roundabouts
 First, determine where you want to go.
First, determine where you want totogo.
                   where you want go.
  First, determine where you want to




 Going Right
Going Right
 Going Right                                                   Going Straight Ahead
                                                                Going StraightAhead
                                                              Going Straight Ahead
                                                                               Ahead                                                 Going Left or Making aa U-Turn
                                                                                                                                      Going Left Making a U-Turn
                                                                                                                                     Going Left oror MakingU-Turn
                                                                                                                                       Going
        1.1. On approach you must be in the right lane
           1. approach you must be bethethe right lane
           OnOn approach you must be in the right lane
                  approach you must in in right lane                           When going straight ahead you do not need
                                                                           1.1. When going straight ahead do do need
                                                                              When going straight ahead you do not need
                                                                         1. When going straight ahead youyou notnot need                          On approach you must be the left lane
                                                                                                                                             1.1.1. On approach you mustininin the left lane
                                                                                                                                                                                   the left lane
                                                                                                                                                On approach you must be bethe left lane
          unless otherwise marked ononthe road, and
             unless otherwise marked on the road, and
              unless otherwise marked on the road, and
              unless otherwise marked the road, and                               indicate on approach.
                                                                                  indicate on approach.
                                                                              toto indicate on approach.
                                                                            to indicate on approach.                                              unless otherwise marked on the road, and
                                                                                                                                                    unless otherwise marked the road, and
                                                                                                                                                unless otherwise marked on the the road, and
                                                                                                                                                                                  on road, and
             indicate aaright turn.
              indicate a right turn.
          indicate a right turn.
              indicate right turn.                                             Slow down and prepare YIELD as you
                                                                         2. Slow down and prepare totoYIELDas youyou
                                                                              Slow down and prepare toto YIELD you
                                                                           2.2. Slow down and prepareYIELD asas                                     indicate left turn.
                                                                                                                                                indicate a a a left turn.
                                                                                                                                                  indicate left turn.
        2.2. Slow down and prepare to YIELD as you
           Slow down and prepare to to YIELD as you
           2. Slow down and prepare YIELD as you
                     down and prepare to YIELD as you                         approach the roundabout.
                                                                              approach the roundabout.
                                                                            approach thethe roundabout.
                                                                                approach roundabout.                                                                             YIELD as
                                                                                                                                                  Slow down and prepare YIELD as you
                                                                                                                                                Slow down and prepare tototo YIELDyou you
                                                                                                                                             2.2.2. Slow down and prepareYIELD asas you
             approach the roundabout.
          approach thethe roundabout.
              approach the roundabout.
              approach roundabout.                                 3.3.3. On approach you can ininin either lane, unless
                                                                             approach you can be either lane, unless
                                                                        On approach you can be in either lane, unless
                                                                      On approach you can be beeither lane, unless                                approach the roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                    approach roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                approach thethe roundabout.
        3.3. YIELD to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing
           3. YIELD to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing
           YIELD to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing
               YIELD to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing               otherwise marked on roadway posted.
                                                                        otherwise marked on roadway posted.
                                                                      otherwise marked on roadway ororor posted.
                                                                        otherwise marked on roadway orposted.                                3.3.3. YIELDpedestrians andand bicyclists
                                                                                                                                                YIELD tototo pedestrians bicyclists
                                                                                                                                                  YIELD pedestrians and bicyclists
                                                                                                                                                                             bicyclists
          atat the designated crosswalks.
              at the designated crosswalks.
              thethe designated crosswalks.
                  designated crosswalks.                                             pedestrians and bicyclists crossing
                                                                      YIELD toto pedestrians and bicyclistscrossing atat
                                                                       4. YIELDpedestrians and bicyclists crossing at
                                                                   4.4. YIELD toto pedestrians and bicyclists crossing at                           crossing the designated crosswalks.
                                                                                                                                                crossing atatat the designated crosswalks.
                                                                                                                                                  crossing the designated crosswalks.
                                                                                                                                                                               crosswalks.
        4.4. You must YIELD to traffic already in the
           You must YIELD to to traffic already in the
           4. You must YIELD traffic already in thethe                       designated crosswalks.
                                                                        the designated crosswalks.
                                                                      thethe designated crosswalks.
                                                                           designated crosswalks.                                                                            already in the
                                                                                                                                                  You must YIELD traffic already the
                                                                                                                                             4.4.4. You must YIELDtraffic already in inin the
                                                                                                                                                You must YIELD tototo traffic alreadythe
                   must YIELD to traffic already in
             roundabout.
              roundabout.
          roundabout.
               roundabout.                                         5.5.5. You must YIELDtraffic already ininin the roundabout.
                                                                      You must YIELD tototo traffic alreadythe roundabout.
                                                                             must YIELD traffic already the roundabout.
                                                                        You must YIELD to traffic already in the roundabout.                      roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                    roundabout.
           Enter thethe roundabout when there is a safe
        5.5. Enter the roundabout when there isisaasafe
           5. Enter the roundabout when therea safe                    6. Enter roundabout when there is a a safe gap
                                                                                 the roundabout when there
                                                                   6.6. Enter the roundabout when thereisisissafegap ininin
                                                                      Enter thethe roundabout when thereaasafe gap insafe gap                     Enter the roundabout when there a a a
                                                                                                                                                Enter the roundabout when there is is safesafe
                                                                                                                                             5.5.5. Enter the roundabout when there is safe
               Enter roundabout when there is         safe                   traffic.
                                                                        the traffic.
                                                                                                                                                                                there is a safe
                                                                           traffic.
                                                                      thethe traffic.
             gap thethe traffic.
          gap inin the traffic.
              gap in the traffic.
                   in traffic.                                                                                                                            the traffic.
                                                                                                                                                  gap the traffic.
                                                                                                                                                gap ininin the traffic.
                                                                                                                                                    gap
                                                                                   the inside the circulatory roadway you
                                                                      Stay to to inside ofofthe circulatoryroadway if if if you
                                                                        Stay to the inside ofof circulatory roadway ifyou
                                                                   7.7.7. Staythethe insidethethe circulatory roadwayyou
        6.6. Stay in the right lane.
           6. Stay in the right lane.
           Stay in thethe right lane.
                    in right lane.                                                                                                                                             of the circula-
                                                                                                                                                  Stay the left lane (inside the circula-
                                                                                                                                                Stay ininin left lane (inside ofofof circula-
                                                                                                                                             6.6.6. Staythethe left lane (insidethethe circula-
                                                                        entered from the left approach lane,ororor staythe
                                                                        entered from the left approach lane,or stay to the
                                                                                                                       stay the
                                                                      entered from thethe left approach lane,stay tototo the
                                                                          entered from left approach lane,
        7.7. Look for your street, use your right-turn
          Look forfor your street, use your right-turn
           7. Look for your street, use your right-turn
               Look your street, use your right-turn                    outside if you entered from theright approach
                                                                                      you entered from the right approach                                                     ready to exit.
                                                                                                                                                  tory roadway) until you are ready toto exit.
                                                                                                                                                tory roadway) until youyou are readyexit.
                                                                                                                                                    tory roadway) until are ready to exit.
                                                                                    you entered from the right approach
                                                                      outside ifif if you entered from the right approach
                                                                          outside
             signal, and exit the roundabout.
          signal, and exit thetheroundabout.
              signal, and exit the roundabout.
              signal, and exit roundabout.                                      (DO NOT CHANGE LANES)
                                                                        lane. (DO NOT CHANGE LANES)                                               (DO NOT CHANGE LANES)
                                                                                                                                                (DO NOT CHANGE LANES)
                                                                                                                                                    (DO NOT CHANGE LANES)
                                                                      lane. (DO NOT CHANGE LANES)
                                                                          lane. (DO NOT CHANGE LANES)
           8. As you exit the roundabout, YIELD for any
           As As you exit the roundabout, YIELD for any
        8.8. As you exit the roundabout, YIELD for any
           8. you exit the roundabout, YIELD for any               8.8. As you exit the roundabout, lookoutout for vehicles                     Look for your street, use your right-turn
                                                                                                                                             7.7.7. Look for your street, use your right-turn
                                                                                                                                                  Look for your street, use your right-turn
                                                                                                                                                                            your right-turn
                                                                       8. As exit the roundabout, look out for vehicles
                                                                                   exit the roundabout, look out for vehicles
                                                                      As youyou exit the roundabout, look for vehicles
              pedestrians or bicyclists crossing thethe
             pedestrians bicyclists crossing at at the
          pedestrians oror bicyclists crossing at the
               pedestrians or bicyclists crossing at                    traveling on the outside of of circulatory roadway that                     signal, and the roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                  signal, and exit the roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                                       roundabout.
                                                                                                                                               signal, and exitexit the roundabout.
                                                                          traveling on outside ofofthe circulatory roadway that
                                                                                    on the outside the circulatory roadway that
                                                                      traveling on the the outsidethe the circulatory roadway that
              designated crosswalks.
             designated crosswalks.
          designated crosswalks.
               designated crosswalks.                                         continue circulate around the roundabout.
                                                                        may continue to circulate aroundthe roundabout.
                                                                      may continue tototo circulate around the roundabout.                   8.8.8. youyou exit the roundabout, YIELDany any
                                                                                                                                             8. As As exit the roundabout, YIELD for any
                                                                                                                                                  As you exit the roundabout, YIELD for any
                                                                                                                                                                                YIELD for for
                                                                          may continue circulate around the roundabout.
                                                                        As you exit the roundabout, YIELD for any pedestrians
                                                                   9.9.9. youyou exit the roundabout, YIELD anyany pedestrians
                                                                                  exit the roundabout, YIELD for any pedestrians
                                                                      As As exit the roundabout, YIELD for for pedestrians                          pedestrians bicyclists crossing the
                                                                                                                                                  pedestrians bicyclists crossing atatat
                                                                                                                                                pedestrians ororor bicyclists crossingthethe
                                                                                                                                                                            crossing at the
                                                                      ororor bicyclists crossingthe the designated crosswalks.
                                                                           bicyclists crossing at the designated crosswalks.
                                                                           bicyclists crossing the designated crosswalks.
                                                                         bicyclists crossing atatat designated crosswalks.                        designated crosswalks.
                                                                                                                                                designated crosswalks.
                                                                                                                                                    designated crosswalks.