Roundabouts or Traffic Circles

As the developers continue to build out Villebois, residents can expect more and more cars will be navigating our roadways and roundabouts.

To make sure we continue to drive safely in a more congested neighborhood, here’s a reminder from the ODOT Website of the accepted procedures for entering and exiting a roundabout or traffic circle. By following these traffic circle rules — and driving at or below the speed limit on our streets — we’ll all be able to avoid collisions and keep our neighborhood safe.

How to Navigate Roundabouts or Traffic Circles
Roundabouts are designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.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

Driving single-lane roundabouts
As you approach a roundabout, you will see a yellow “roundabout ahead” sign with an advisory speed limit for the roundabout.

Slow down as you approach the roundabout, and watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.

Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding.

Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal only before you exit, and make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout.

To read more information and for step-by-step instruction from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) go to the link below:

http://www.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/engservices/docs/pdf/howdrive.pdf

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