Navigating Roundabouts

There are currently 6 roundabouts in Erie, with thousands of people driving through them daily. The Town of Erie Department of Public Works would like to advise pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers on navigating those roundabouts.  View a video with more information on roundabouts here

MOTOR VEHICLES 
Approaching & Entering the Roundabout 
  • When approaching the roundabout, follow the lane designation signs and choose the proper lane for multi-lane approach roadways, slow down and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Look to the left. Traffic in the roundabout has the right-of-way.
  • Approach the yield line and enter the roundabout when there is an adequate gap in the circulating traffic flow.
  • If another car is waiting at the yield line ahead of you, do not stop in the crosswalk.
  • Keep the crosswalk clear for pedestrians.
  • Bicyclists are permitted to ride within the roundabout and will be riding in the lane just as other vehicles do. Please do not pass a bicycle in the roundabout.
Exiting the Roundabout
  • Once you have entered the roundabout, proceed counter-clockwise to your exit. You now have the right-of-way.
  • As you approach your exit, turn on your right turn signal.
  • Exit the roundabout, yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
PEDESTRIANS 
  • Stay on the designated walkways at all times.
  • Cross only at the designated crosswalks.
  • Never cross to the central island.
  • Watch for cars; you have the right-of-way, but your best protection is your own attention.
  • Cross the crosswalk one lane at a time, using the splitter island as a refuge area before crossing the next lane.
BICYCLISTS 
  • If you are comfortable riding in traffic, take the lane and circulate like you are a vehicle, making sure you yield to traffic in the circle when entering.
  • Ride at the speed of the circular roadway to discourage cars from passing you.
  • When you exit the roundabout, use your right hand signal.
  • If you are unsure about using the roundabout, dismount and walk your bike as a pedestrian at the designated crosswalks.