Roundabouts

The first roundabout in the County was constructed in 2009 in Elora and we've since constructed many more in order to make traffic flow safer for everyone. 

How to use a Roundabout

  1. Slow down when approaching a roundabout.
  2. Keep right of "splitter island".
  3. Choose the correct entry lane.
  4. Observe the crosswalk and yield to pedestrians.
  5. Wait for a gap in traffic before entering the roundabout, yield to all traffic (including cyclists). 
  6. Do not enter beside someone already in the roundabout because they may be exiting. Drivers in the roundabout have the right-of-way.
  7. Travel counterclockwise and do not stop as you have the right-of-way over entering traffic.
  8. Do not pass other vehicles in the roundabout and give large vehicles extra space.
  9. Signal as you approach your desired exit and slowly exit.
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Birds eye view of a roundabout with points on how to best use the roundabout as listed above.

Here’s why you should love roundabouts!

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  • They are safer
    • Lower speeds mean fewer and less severe collisions.
    • All cars moving in one direction eliminates T-bones and head-on collisions.
  • They provide better traffic flow
    • You don’t have to stop at lights or signs, so traffic keeps moving.
    • They reduce delays and traffic jams.
  • They are environmentally friendly
    • Less idling and fuel consumption.
    • They usually take up less land.
  • They don’t have lights
    • No servicing of traffic signal equipment, resulting in long-term cost savings.
    • Save on energy costs.
    • No concerns during power outages.

Watch these instructional videos on how to safely use roundabouts

Roundabouts & Pedestrian Safety

 Roundabouts & Large Vehicles