Bicycling in a Roundabout
Bicyclists will notice there are no bike lanes in a roundabout—that's to protect you. To navigate safely through a roundabout, you can:
Ride your bike.
- If you are comfortable riding in traffic, you may ride on the circulatory roadway of the roundabout like a car.
- As you approach the roundabout, merge into the entry lane before the shoulder or bike lane ends. It is generally safest for bicyclists to claim the lane.
- Obey all of the same driving instructions as for cars. Watch out for vehicles crossing your path to enter or exit the roundabout.
- Communicate your intentions to drivers by pointing to your destination.
Walk your bike.
- If you are uncomfortable riding in traffic, dismount your bicycle at the crosswalk and move to the sidewalk. Once on the sidewalk, walk your bicycle like a pedestrian. Obey all of the same instructions as for pedestrians.
Use a shared path.
- Some roundabouts may have a ramp that leads to a widened sidewalk or a shared bicycle-pedestrian path that runs around the perimeter of the roundabout. Be courteous to pedestrians and yield to them.