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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.
- 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
- Animation – “How to use a roundabout” – Interactive Flash animation demonstrating proper usage of roundabouts. Note – Click the arrows or symbols in the lower left corner of the animation window to view various roundabout maneuvers. (from WI DOT website). http://dot.wi.gov/safety/motorist/roaddesign/roundabouts/works.htm