Walking and biking through roundabouts
Modern roundabouts are designed to be safer than traditional intersections for people walking or using mobility equipment. Vehicles are moving at a slower rate of speed in roundabouts – typically between 15 and 20 miles per hour.
Crosswalks (shown at right, in white and brown)are also set further back from vehicle traffic, allowing drivers more time to react to people in the roadway before merging into or out of the roundabout. Triangular islands between lanes of vehicle traffic give people moving through the roundabout a safe place to wait if they choose to cross only one direction of traffic at a time.
People using the crosswalk should look for approaching vehicle traffic, then move through the crosswalk to the triangular island. Before continuing, they should look for traffic entering or exiting the roundabout. When it is safe, they can continue through the crosswalk.
People on bikes can choose to ride through the roundabout with traffic or walk their bicycles through the pedestrian crosswalks — much like they would in a traditional intersection. Like people driving, riders must obey the rules of the roundabout as they proceed through the intersection. Riders who choose to walk their bicycles may find that some roundabout designs have a ramp onto the sidewalk, which makes it easier for bicyclists to use.
Want to learn more? Watch a video about cyclists and roundabouts.