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The signs, road markings and give way rules at roundabouts generally work the same for everyone on the road.

This page describes:

Lane positioning and giving way at roundabouts
High speed roundabouts
Signalling at roundabouts (going straight, turning left, turning right)
Don't signal if it puts you at risk of losing control
Multi-lane roundabouts

 

Lane positioning and giving way at roundabouts

Move into the centre of the lane before entering the roundabout.

Take the lane - riding around a roundabout 

Stay in the centre of the lane to ride around the roundabout. After you leave the roundabout, move back to the left side of the road when it’s safe.

You must give way to vehicles already on the roundabout or entering the roundabout from a road to your right. Follow any instructions given by a sign, road marking or traffic lights.

High-speed roundabouts

Approach high-speed roundabouts with care. Rather than taking the lane, it’s better to wait for a big enough gap in the traffic for you to travel around the roundabout without risk of someone crossing your path at high speed. In some situations, it may be easier to stop and cross as a pedestrian if there are good pedestrian options.

Signalling at roundabouts

Signal before entering and leaving the roundabout if you are turning left or right, as long as you can stay in control while signalling.

Signalling

Riding straight on at a roundabout

Don’t signal before entering the roundabout. Signal left when you pass the exit before the one you want.

Riding straight on a roundabout

Turning left at a roundabout

Signal left before entering the roundabout. Signal left before leaving the roundabout.

Turning left at a roundabout

Turning right at a roundabout

Signal right before entering the roundabout. Signal right while you ride around the roundabout.

Signal left when you pass the exit before the one you want.

Turning right at a roundabout

Don't signal if it puts you at risk of losing control

Sometimes you may need both hands on the handlebars to stay in control. It’s okay to only signal at a roundabout when you can do it safely.

For example, when turning right at a roundabout you might signal turning right, put both hands on the handlebars to ride around the roundabout and signal again just before the exit. Or you might only signal briefly to let others know you are turning, rather than for the full three seconds.

In some conditions such as high winds or on a rough surface, you might not be able to signal at all.

Multi-lane roundabouts

Get into the correct lane before the roundabout. For example, if you are turning right, signs or road markings may tell you to get into the right-hand lane.

Move into the centre of the lane before entering the roundabout and give way as usual.

Lane positioning and giving way at roundabouts

Signal as usual.

Signalling at roundabouts

Multi-lane roundabouts are difficult as they can also be high-speed or busy. In some situations it may be easier to take a route that avoids the roundabout altogether, or cross as a pedestrian if there are good pedestrian options.

Riding on a multi-lane roundabout