How to Navigate

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Roundabouts are designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Learn how to navigate a roundabout by watching the video below produced by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

 

Key points for DRIVERS:

  • Slow down and move into the appropriate lane (if a multi-lane roundabout).
  • Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Yield to vehicles already in the roundabout; merge into traffic flow when safe.
  • Stay in your lane
  • Continue through the roundabout until your exit; do not stop if an emergency vehicle approaches, exit the roundabout immediately and then stop.
  • Do not stop in the roundabout.
  • Yield to pedestrians when exiting the roundabout
  • Give oversized vehicles extra space and do not drive next to them

Key points for PEDESTRIANS:

  • Only cross at roundabouts and always stay on the designated walkway
  • Never cross to the center island.
  • Use the splitter island as a halfway point where you can check for approaching traffic.
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation video: Pedestrian Rules for a Roundabout

Key points for BICYCLISTS:

  • Walk bikes through crosswalks OR ride with traffic inside the roundabout
  • When riding in the roundabout, follow the same rules as vehicles. The slower traffic speeds inside a roundabout allow cyclists to travel at or near the same speeds as the vehicles.
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation video: How Bicyclists Should Navigate a Roundabout