As we all know by now, Sooke will be getting a roundabout just in front of the Evergreen Mall. Once the construction is complete, the traffic design of any roundabout is to slow and flow.
Shortly, we will publish an anticipated schedule for construction.
As a former motorcycle instructor, the following is what I used to teach my students on riding with roundabouts:
- Treat the roundabout as a separate one-way road. Ultimately, this means you have to signal in, and signal out, and all vehicles on that road, besides having the right-of-way, are all travelling in the same direction.
- Slow down, and yield to the existing traffic already in the circle.
- Signal LEFT to enter the roundabout as you would at a lane merge, enter by steering right, and travel left into the curve of the circle.
- NOTE: The ONLY time you would signal RIGHT to enter the roundabout is when you are exiting on the first right.
- Keep your LEFT signal ON until you are just before your exit, which can only be on your right.
- Signal RIGHT to exit.
That’s it! Ultimately, if everyone communicates their intentions and sticks to the right-of-way rules (eg, right-of way belongs to whomever is in the circle), it will work just dandy.
The ministry also sent me some information on navigation a traffic circle. Following is their input.
– Britt Santowski
Right, Right and You’ll be Alright on Roundabouts
Originally published by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Roundabout intersections are increasingly being used for traffic control in B.C. and other places in North America. Since the 1960s, they’ve been standard in Great Britain, and today you’ll find them in most parts of the world. The reason: they offer smooth traffic flow, with less idling and fewer T-bone (side impact) collisions.
Anything new can take some getting used to, and people absorb information in different ways. So, we’ve created a number of tools including videos and a roundabout simulator, where you can choose your mode of travel (vehicle, bicycle or walking) and the direction you’re going (right, left, straight or u-turn). Try it out and watch how roundabouts work for a variety of travellers.
At roundabouts, you won’t see stop signs or traffic lights, because of these two golden rules
- Yield to traffic in the roundabout, before entering
- Turn right to enter the roundabout and keep moving counter-clockwise.
Here are some steps for navigating roundabouts:
ENTERING A ROUNDABOUT:
A single lane roundabout:
- Slow down, watch for traffic coming from the left, and when safe, turn right into the roundabout.
A two-lane roundabout:
When approaching the roundabout, watch the green guide sign for the roundabout lane that leads to your turnoff. Move into that approach lane.
Approaching the roundabout from the right lane:
- Slow down, watch for traffic coming from the left, and when safe, turn right into the right lane of the roundabout.
Approaching from the left lane:
- Slow down, watch for traffic coming from the left, and when safe, turn right into the left lane of the roundabout (closest to the centre island).
EXITING THE ROUNDABOUT:
- Signal right, as you approach your turnoff.
If you drive past where you wanted to exit, don’t worry. You will be coming around to your exit again soon.
While this all might be unfamiliar, think of it this way: Turn right to enter and right to exit, and it’s hard to go wrong. (But also watch for cyclists and pedestrians, and as always, drive defensively.)
TranBC Trivia: The first British roundabout was built in Letchworth Garden City in 1903.
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