Roundabout Information

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How to Use Roundabouts

The first roundabout in the Municipality of North Perth is located at the intersection of Mitchell Rd. S. (HWY 23) and Perth Line 86 (Main St. W.) in Listowel. The roundabout is single-lane but is wide enough to accomodate large vehicles, such as transport trucks, farm equipment and snow plows. Please review the information below to learn how to properly and safely use the new roundabout as a motorist, pedestrian or cyclist.
  

How to Use a Single Lane Roundabout 

A roundabout is a circular intersection in which vehicles drive counter clockwise around a centre island. Vehicles entering the roundabout yield to vehicles already in the circle, then enter the roundabout and exit at their desired roadway.
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Motorists 

  1. As you approach the roundabout, reduce your speed, check for signage, watch for pedestrians and cyclists and be prepared to stop 
  2. Yield the right-of-way to vehicles already in the roundabout which will be approaching immediately from the left. The vehicles already in the roundabout have the right-of-way, so you may have to stop. 
  3. When there is a sufficient opening in traffic, enter the roundabout to your right, and drive counter clockwise. 
  4. Once you are in the roundabout, follow the steady flow of traffic. You cannot pass another vehicle or stop in the roundabout unless it is necessary to avoid an accident. If you miss your exit, you can do an extra trip around the roundabout in order to get another opportunity to exit the intersection. 
  5. Always use your signal lights as you leave the roundabout, check for pedestrians at the crosswalks and be prepared to stop.
 

Pedestrians

  1. Use the crosswalks provided.
  2. Use the sidewalks as provided and wait for an opening in the traffic to cross.
  3. Don't walk into the roundabout by going across the middle of the circle.


Cyclists

Experienced cyclists can travel through the roundabout with vehicles as a motorist, following the same rules. Less experienced cyclists or those uncomfortable with proceeding as a motorist may dismount and walk their bicycle using the pedestrian crosswalks provided.

 
How do you signal in a roundabout?

A roundabout is similar to an intersection with signals; you need to signal the direction in which you are going to take.
 
If you are turning right:
  • signal right as you approach the roundabout;
  • maintain your signal through the roundabout; and
  • maintain your signal as you exit.
  
If you are going straight:
  • do not signal as you approach the roundabout; and
  • signal right prior to your exit.
 
If you are turning left:
  • signal left as you approach the roundabout;
  • maintain your signal through the roundabout; and
  • signal right prior to your exit.

If you are going full circle (U-turn):
  • signal left as you approach the roundabout;
  • maintain your signal through the roundabout; and
  • signal right prior to your exit.
 

What if an emergency vehicle comes through the roundabout?

Do not stop inside the roundabout.If you have not yet entered the roundabout, pull to the right and let the emergency vehicle pass you.If you are in the roundabout, exit as normal, then pull to the right and let the emergency vehicle pass you.

 

Additional Information

 
 
 

Other Road Information

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