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The City of London is using a roundabout to manage traffic at the intersection of Hale & Trafalgar
What is a roundabout?
A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection in which all traffic travels
counter clockwise to the right of a centre island.
Why a roundabout?
Roundabouts make getting through an intersection quicker and safer. Benefits
- less traffic congestion
- increased safety
- reduced unnecessary idling and air pollution
- improved intersection appearance
Important roundabout rules
- slow down
- read signs
- when approaching, yield to all traffic in the roundabout - including
- enter when there is a safe gap in traffic
- be aware of pedestrians crossing
- never pass another vehicle in the roundabout
- when you have reached your exit, use your right hand turn signal and exit the roundabout
- give other vehicles plenty of space
- the red area around the centre island, known as a "truck apron"
is for large trucks to use when turning
- cross only at designated crossing areas
- watch for oncoming traffic before entering the crossing area.
Wait for a safe gap and cross
- Never cross to the centre of a roundabout
- always be aware of vehicles
|When Emergency Vehicles Approach
- if you have not entered the roundabout, pull over to let the
emergency vehicle pass
- if you are already inside the roundabout, do not stop.
Continue to your exit, then pull over to allow the emergency vehicle
- have the option of dismounting at the sidewalk ramp, and walking
bicycle across the pedestrian crossing area, or
- experienced cyclists may choose to travel through the roundabout
using the same general rules as any other vehicle;
merge into traffic before entering the roundabout;
once inside the roundabout, ride in the middle of the lane so cars
don't pass you
What do these signs mean?
are three exits to choose from
Always yield to traffic in the roundabout
Traffic in the roundabout is always one-way
Questions, comments or concerns?
Call City of London Transportation Planning & Design at