Roundabouts are an increasingly popular intersection in Florida, with over 20 roundabouts now operating on the state highway system and over 300 roundabouts found on local Florida roads. How familiar are you with these intersections? Take our educational quiz to see if you know your way around roundabouts!
When entering a roundabout, drivers must yield to all traffic already in the circle. Check that there is a safe gap in traffic before joining the roundabout, then take the correct lane to your exit.
When approaching a roundabout, drivers will see pavement markings and designated signage showing which lanes to use for right turns, straight-through travel, and left turns. Once you pick a lane, stay in that lane until you exit the roundabout.
Slow down when approaching a roundabout. Roundabouts are designed for speeds between 15 and 25 mph.
Bicyclists have two options in a roundabout: to travel with motorists, or to mount the sidewalk and use crosswalks. When cycling with traffic, signal your path. When using sidewalks, walk your bicycle at crosswalks and give pedestrians the right of way.
Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in marked crosswalks when you enter and exit the roundabout.
Roundabouts are designed to accommodate all vehicles, including tractor-trailers, emergency vehicles, recreational vehicles, etc. To accommodate the vehicle turning path as the vehicle makes its way through the roundabout, a truck apron around the inside of the circulating roadway provides the extra space needed.
If you have already entered the roundabout, continue to the closest exit and pull into it to allow the emergency vehicle to pass.
While traditional intersections have 32 conflict points, roundabouts reduce that number to just eight. Roundabouts remove right angle conflicts, which lessens the severity of crashes at these types of intersections. Incidents that do occur in roundabouts are at low speeds and are typically sideswipe, glancing collisions.