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