Well–designed, low–speed, single–lane roundabouts should not present much difficulty to bicyclists. On the approach to the entry, signal your intentions and merge into traffic. It is generally safest for bicyclists to claim the lane. Keep in mind that drivers should be traveling at about 15 to 20 miles per hour, close to the speed you ride your bicycle.
Roundabouts give cyclists two options:
If you are comfortable riding in traffic, ride on the circulatory roadway of the roundabout like a vehicle. Obey all of the same driving instructions as for vehicles. Watch out for vehicles crossing your path to leave or join the roundabout. Watch out for large vehicles on the roundabout as they need more space to maneuver.
- Walk like a pedestrian:
If you are uncomfortable riding in traffic and no special separate facility is provided, dismount and exit the approach lane before the splitter island on the approach, and move to the sidewalk. Once on the sidewalk, walk your bicycle like a pedestrian.
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