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The first roundabout in the Municipality of North Perth is located at the intersection of Mitchell Rd. S. (HWY 23) and Perth Line 86 (Main St. W.) in Listowel. The roundabout is single-lane but is wide enough to accomodate large vehicles, such as transport trucks, farm equipment and snow plows. Please review the information below to learn how to properly and safely use the new roundabout as a motorist, pedestrian or cyclist.

Driving through a single lane roundabout

Approaching the roundabout

When you approach the roundabout:

  1. Slow down
  2. Keep to the right of the splitter island
  3. Pay special attention to pedestrians who may be crossing the roadway
  4. Yield to cyclists and any traffic already driving through the roundabout
  5. Stop if there are vehicles already inside the roundabout and the way is not clear
  6. Enter when there is a safe gap in traffic

Driving in roundabout

When you're in the roundabout:

  1. Keep to the right of the centre island and drive in a counter-clockwise direction until you reach your exit
  2. Don't pass large vehicles (e.g., tractor trailers, farm equipment, snow plows)
  3. Don't stop inside the roundabout, except to avoid a collision

Leaving the roundabout

To exit the roundabout:

  1. Use your right-turn signal
  2. If you miss your exit, continue around the roundabout again and then exit

Share the road

Emergency Vehicles

If you are still outside the roundabout: Pull over to the right, if you can do so safely. Let the emergency vehicle pass you before you enter.

If you are inside the roundabout already: Drive around to your intended exit. Leave the roundabout completely before you pull over to the right. Then let the emergency vehicle pass you.

Large Vehicles

Large vehicles (e.g., tractor trailers, farm equipment, snow plows) may need to use more space when they enter, drive through, and exit a roundabout. Within the roundabout, they may also need to use the truck apron. Give large vehicles plenty of room to navigate.

Pedestrians

Roundabouts are generally safer for pedestrians than traditional intersections. Follow these tips to cross a roundabout safely:

  • Cross the roads that lead into the roundabout one at a time. Never cross a roundabout by walking over the centre island.
  • Wait for a gap in traffic. Cross only when it is safe.
Visually impaired pedestrians

There is no traffic signal to control the traffic moving through a roundabout. This can make it hard to spot gaps in the traffic where you can cross safely. If you can, ask someone to help you.

Cyclists

If you're an experience cyclist, you can move through the roundabout the same way you would in a vehicle:

  • Merge into the centre of the vehicle lane before the shoulder ends
  • Stay in the middle of the lane to avoid collisions with other vehicles exiting to the right

New cyclists should get off their bicycles and cross the roundabout as pedestrians.

Source: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ontario-511/roundabouts.shtml?utm_source=shortlinks&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=cn8x

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