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Navigating roundabouts

Driving in and out of a roundabout will become second nature to you very quickly.

Here are a few basic guidelines you should get to know before you begin using roundabouts. Also, practice with different types of roundabout navigation using WisDOT's "How to use a roundabout." Choose your route and method of transportation as you travel through an animated version of a multi-lane roundabout.
How to use a roundabout
 
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Approach and entry
  • 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. Please share the road and 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.
For detailed roundabout design, video and engineering information, visit WisDOT's motorist guide to roundabout design.

Have specific questions? Visit our FAQs page for common questions about roundabouts. Or, visit the Roundabouts page for information about the benefits of roundabouts, how to navigate, and which areas of the project will be impacted.

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.
For more information, download the pedestrian fact sheet:

Cyclists
  • 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, get off and walk your bike as a pedestrian at the designated crosswalks.
Interested in reading more about roundabouts? Want hard copies of navigation instructions to put in your car? Download the bicycle and pedestrian fact sheet:

For detailed roundabout design, video and engineering information, visit WisDOT's motorist guide to roundabout design
 
Have specific questions? Visit our FAQs page for common questions about roundabouts.