Pedestrians and Bicycliststs


Modern roundabouts are designed to be safer for pedestrians than traditional intersections. Vehicles are moving at a slower rate of speed in roundabouts, typically between 15 and 20 miles per hour.

Pedestrians walk on sidewalks around the perimeter and cross only one direction of traffic at a time and triangular islands between lanes of traffic give pedestrians a safe place to wait.

Pedestrians should look for approaching traffic, then walk through the crosswalk to the triangular island. Before continuing, they should look for traffic entering or exiting the roundabout. When it is safe, pedestrians can continue through the crosswalk.


Bicyclists 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 vehicles, cyclists must obey the rules of the roundabout as they proceed through the intersection.

Pedestrian Conflict Point Illustration
Source: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/roundabouts/presentations/safety_aspects/short.cfm

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