Diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs) and roundabouts are two types of intersections that are becoming more common throughout Florida. Read the article on bicycle safety in this month’s newsletter and then test what you know about the bicycle safety features of these two intersections.
Once you’re ready, go enjoy Florida Bicycle Month for yourself!
Keep the directional flow of traffic in mind when approaching a roundabout on a bicycle.
A bicyclist riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks must always yield right-of-way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing. (F.S. 316.2065)
The bicycle lane will be on the inside when shifting to the left side of the road in a DDI and will shift back to the outside on the far side of the interchange when traffic returns to the right side of the roadway.
In Florida, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver. Bicyclists must therefore always ride with the flow of traffic.
Motorists pass through roundabouts at slower speeds and face fewer conflict points than at a traditional intersection, which provide safety benefits for motorists as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.