Roundabouts

Roundabouts

The Village of Jackson, WI has a number of roundabouts.  These are safety measures to allow traffic to flow safely, at a slow rate of speed, and allow traffic to continue through intersections smoothly.


How to Drive a Roundabout

Driving vehicles in a roundabout

  • Slow down.
  • Watch for and obey traffic signs.
  • Move into the correct lane for the direction you want to travel.
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists as you enter and exit the roundabout.
  • Look to the left for traffic.
  • Enter when it is safe.Yellow roundabout ahead sign
  • Keep your speed low and stay in your lane within the roundabout (do not change lanes within the roundabout).
  • Exit carefully to your destination. Use your right-turn signal, in front of the splitter island just prior to your exit, to indicate your intention to exit.

Driving bicycles in a roundabout

  • If you are riding on the shoulder or bike lane, merge into the traffic lane before the shoulder ends.
  • Signal your intent to move into traffic.
  • Once inside the roundabout, don’t hug the curb.
  • Ride close to the middle of the lane to prevent cars from passing and cutting you off.
  • Watch for cars waiting to enter the roundabout, as they may not see you.
  • If you do not want to ride your bike in the roundabout, use the sidewalk and proceed as a pedestrian.

There are a few key things to remember about driving roundabouts:

  • Yield to drivers in the roundabout
  • Stay in your lane; do not change lanes
  • Do not stop in the roundabout
  • Avoid driving next to oversize vehicles

Want to learn more? Wisconsin DOT has videos available online.

PDF Brochure: roundabout brochure by WI DOT

 

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