How to Safely Use Roundabouts in BC

Yield Sign at Roundabout

The rise of roundabouts in BC has set some people’s heads spinning on how to safely navigate them, whether as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. So, we created the following guide to help set the record on roundabouts …er… straight.

There are more than 35 roundabouts on provincially maintained roadways across the province, but not all roundabouts are designed the same. Roundabouts can vary in size, number of lanes, and number of entrances and exits. Nevertheless, the same basic rules apply for all roundabouts.

How to Use Roundabouts

Drivers

There are two golden rules for entering an intersection controlled by a roundabout:

  1. Before entering, look left and yield to all traffic in the roundabout.
  2. When entering the intersection controlled by a roundabout, continue moving counter-clockwise and to the right of the rotary traffic island before exiting.

Multi-lane roundabouts at intersections have directional signs and pavement markings to help guide drivers. The signs offer a general depiction of the roundabout, complete with destination symbols (i.e. airport) and road names; they also show which lanes should be used for the various destinations. As you approach the intersection controlled by a roundabout, look at the signs to determine which lane you should be in. Get into the appropriate lane for your destination before entering the roundabout.

Now that you have chosen your lane, identified your destination’s exit, and yielded to pedestrians using the crosswalk, then come the golden rules stated above. This is the crux of any roundabout – get this right, and you’re in pretty good shape.

As you approach your exit, activate your right turn signal so pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers know your intentions.* And again, yield to pedestrians that may be crossing the exit lane’s crosswalk.

*More on signalling at the end of this blog 

Roundabout Diagram
Roundabout basics, image courtesy of ICBC.

With Large Trucks

Roundabouts have what is called an “apron” encircling the centre island. This raised, coloured section allows longer, wider vehicles extra clearance when needed. Please remember to give large trucks lots of room to travel through roundabouts.

With Emergency Vehicles

If you are driving in a roundabout and you hear an emergency vehicle, do not stop! Continue through your intended exit and then pull over.

Cyclists        

Cyclists have a couple choices when it comes to roundabouts.

  1. Use it like a vehicle: In advance of the roundabout, hand signal and merge with traffic when safe to do so, occupying the lane and proceeding into the roundabout as a vehicle would. Important reminder to drivers: cyclists have the right to use the full roundabout lane – be patient, and for goodness sake, no honking!
  2. Use the shared pathway: Before the roundabout, exit the bike lane on the ramp provided and share the pathway with pedestrians and other active transportation. Reduce your speed and be aware of others you’re sharing the pathway with. Dismount and use the marked crosswalks to cross the intersecting streets like a pedestrian. Exit the raised pathway at the ramp that leads down to the bike lane or shoulder of the road.
Shared Pathway Sign
Cyclists, pedestrians and other active transportation users can you the shared pathway.

Pedestrians

Pedestrian crosswalks with pavement markings are located about one car length away from the roundabout. It’s important to only cross at these marked locations; don’t get stranded by cutting across to the central island (there’s really no reason to be there and it’s not safe).

Although vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians, you shouldn’t initiate a crossing unless there’s an adequate gap in traffic or all approaching vehicles have stopped. It’s important to note that a dedicated bicycle path may also connect to these crosswalks – be aware that you’re sharing the crosswalk and pathways with cyclists.

Why Roundabouts?

Intersections controlled by roundabouts are increasingly becoming a go-to design. So, why are they being used more? It comes down to, what we like to refer to, as the bread and butter of transportation: safety and traffic flow.

Roundabouts keep people moving and can reduce backups during heavy traffic volumes. Less traffic standing still means less emissions from idling engines, too. Also, roundabouts reduce the number of conflict points over signalized intersections, thereby decreasing the severity of collisions.

Roundabouts are used when engineering and traffic analysis determines they will provide improved safety and traffic flow for users. Some considerations include traffic volumes, number of intersecting roads, land/cost requirements and collision history.

Sicamous Roundabout
Roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 97A in Sicamous.

History of Roundabouts in BC

While circular intersections (rotaries) existed in North America since the early 1900s, the modern roundabout was born out of the United Kingdom in the 1960s, before emerging in Canada in the 1990s.

One of the first modern roundabouts built on a provincial road in BC is the double roundabout on Eighth Avenue, just off Highway 99 and west of Highway 15, near the US border. This location, which opened in 2005, features two roundabouts on either side of the interchange.

In 2011, one of BC’s largest networks of roundabouts opened to traffic on Highway 17 at McTavish Road just south of Sidney. Previously a signalized intersection, a combination of three roundabouts improved traffic flow to and from the Victoria International Airport, the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, and the rest of the Saanich Peninsula. The roundabout network also incorporates a six-bay transit exchange and 200-stall park and ride lot.

Some more recent examples of roundabouts include:

  • Highway 1 at McCallum Road in Abbotsford – two multi-lane roundabouts and a four-lane overpass replaced the two-lane bridge over the Trans-Canada Highway, improving access to and from the city. Work was completed in 2011.
  • Highway 97 six-laning project in Kelowna – a roundabout was used on the side road realignment at Rutland/Old Vernon to improve access and keep traffic moving through the area. Work was completed in 2018.
  • Highway 16/37 near Terrace – construction of a roundabout to replace the existing four-way stop is underway with completion expected in late 2020.
  • Highway 93/95 in Radium Hot Springs – the current four-way stop results in heavy backups, especially during the peak summer months. Roundabout construction started June 1, 2020, and is expected to be completed in fall 2020.
McTavish Roundabout
One of three roundabouts at Highway 17 and McTavish Road.

Signalling at Intersection Controlled by Roundabouts

As roundabouts have become more and more popular, proper signalling in roundabouts has become a bone of contention. That’s partly because signalling in roundabouts is not specifically covered in the BC Motor Vehicle Act, the authority on driving.

There are, however, relevant sections: Section 170 and Section 150 (3).

As ICBC states in their Learn to Drive Smart Manual, signalling right before exiting a roundabout is beneficial, as following vehicles know your intent to exit. Signals when turning is included in the BC MVA: “If a signal of intention to turn right or left is required, a driver must give it continuously for sufficient distance before making the turn to warn traffic.”

That means, when entering an intersection controlled by a roundabout:

  • If intending a right turn: Signal right on approach, and continuously signal right until the right turn is complete.
  • If intending to drive straight through (i.e. you’re not turning right or left at the intersection): No signal until exiting – then signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.
  • If intending a left turn: Signal left on approach, and continuously signal left until approaching the exit. Signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.

This view is shared by other countries, such as the UK, and it is our recommendation. That said, it would be a victory in and of itself if drivers at least signalled right before exiting roundabouts. We see many drivers that do not signal at all – whether entering or exiting – roundabouts.

Roundabout Diagram

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Have we left anything out? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. I’m still a New driver in BC but I remember my training well and like to pick on my friends when they pass through roundabouts or even cul de sacs unsafely. I’m a high rise window cleaner in Vancouver for https://commercialwindowclean.ca/ so I often can look down and see the same thing happening from a birds eye perspective. What bugs me is people think because it’s a roundabout that you shouldn’t slow down first of all, and that you don’t need any taillight signals. If anything, signaling which way you’re going to run is even more important in a roundabout because they only have yield signs and if someone thinks you’re gonna turn and you don’ they may drive into you. I’ve seen it happen while at work ands it wasn’t pretty. It’s just awkward to signal in roundabouts because in many cases you have to signal tice, once for which way you intend to go and again for when you turn out of the roundabout. I also do this even if I believe there’s no one who can see me because it’s the safe thing to do!

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    • Thanks for sharing this with us, Marly! We tend to agree with you on the signalling – better to over communicate your intention than under communicate! Safe travels.

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  2. The use of the right turn signal indicates your intention to leave the traffic circle on the next exit so that those waiting (yielding) to enter, know your intention. There is not any reason to use your left turn signal in a roundabout or traffic circle (unless you are driving in the UK). It doesn’t make sense.

    ICBC has tips on driving in single and multiple lane roundabouts and they do not mention using a left turn signal anywhere. https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/driving-tips/Pages/How-to-use-roundabout.aspx

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    • Hi Debbie,

      As roundabouts have become more and more popular, proper signalling in roundabouts has become a bone of contention. That’s partly because signalling in roundabouts is not specifically covered in the BC Motor Vehicle Act, the authority on driving.

      There are, however, relevant sections: Section 170 and Section 150 (3).

      As ICBC states in their Learn to Drive Smart Manual, signalling right before exiting a roundabout is beneficial, as following vehicles know your intent to exit. Signals when turning is included in the BC MVA: “If a signal of intention to turn right or left is required, a driver must give it continuously for sufficient distance before making the turn to warn traffic.”

      That means, when entering an intersection controlled by a roundabout:

      If intending a right turn: Signal right on approach, and continuously signal right until the right turn is complete.
      If intending to drive straight through (i.e. you’re not turning right or left at the intersection): No signal until exiting – then signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.

      If intending a left turn: Signal left on approach, and continuously signal left until approaching the exit. Signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.

      This view is shared by other countries, such as the UK, and it is our recommendation. That said, it would be a victory in and of itself if drivers at least signalled right before exiting roundabouts. We see many drivers that do not signal at all – whether entering or exiting – roundabouts.

      We hope this helps clarify. Safe travels.

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  3. The wording describing how the traffic circle works is not very clear. If you know how to drive one, than you can figure out the wording, otherwise it is rather vague and confusing.

    Signalling is almost non existent and even Police Officers I have followed do not know how to signal. The explanation for how to signal is not what I was taught when learning to drive in Edmonton, where they have had traffic circles for many years.

    There needs to be a public media presentation on news channels and social media outlets to get the point across. Hoping drivers will pick up how to drive these by osmosis is a dangerous and poor planning on the Highways Ministry

    Robert Parry

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    • Hello Robert – thanks for your comments – we will share them forward on your behalf. We like to think of this blog and the promotion of this blog via the ministry’s social media channels as a good start when it comes to educating the public on the 5 W’s of navigating roundabouts. We hope that is how you found the link that led you here! Safe travels.

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  4. I hate using a Roundabout at rush hour. Here is example Marshall Rd. and Clearbrook Rd. I want to drive North on Clearbrook, the problem is Drivers going East on Marshall, they are not stopping. It is either wait for someone to slow down, to get a chance or force your way into the circle. It is the same when driving on the Hwy 539 to Bellingham. They are worse intersections

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    • Hello Tiemen – thanks for connecting with us here to share your concerns. Unfortunately, it sounds like this might be a regulation enforcement issue, which lies with the BC RCMP (or other local jurisdiction). Roundabouts are marked with a yield sign and traffic is supposed to slow down and yield to traffic inside the circle, which should provide an opportunity for traffic trying to enter an opportunity to navigate the roundabout. If you continue to observe this issue, we encourage you to share your concerns with the RCMP for follow up. Hope that this helps!

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  5. I have a question regarding the Sooke Rd roundabout at Evergreen Shopping Centre in Sooke. Due to the high amount of traffic on Sooke Rd, traffic entering the roundabout from Sooke Rd can “flood” the roundabout with almost never-ending traffic. This results in traffic not being able to enter from the shopping centre with very few safe gaps. As people become frustrated with not being able to enter, they become willing to take shorter gaps and sometimes force their way in. Should vehicles from Sooke Rd when it is busy be stopping every so often to let some traffic enter the roundabout from the shopping centre? I would appreciate clarification on this. Thank you.

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    • Hi Colton,

      Thanks for your question. Sounds like the issue described here is that drivers on Sooke Road are not following the posted “Yield to Traffic inside the Roundabout” signage. If this continues to cause concern, we encourage you to reach out to the BCRCMP, as they are responsible for enforcing the rules. Hope that this is helpful!

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  6. Simple and clear uniform and specific language for all Traffic Circles/ Roundabouts is needed:. Such as all traffic must yield to traffic that is in the traffic circle whether or not Traffic Circle/Roundabout is or is not controlled. When entering a multilane Traffic Circle/Roundabout from the right lane Driver may only proceed as far as second exit and must exit at the second exit. When entering a multilane Traffic Circle/Roundabout from the right lane Driver may exit at any exit except the first exit upon entering, otherwise a Driver if she/he choses may spend all day going round and round in the Traffic Circle/Roundabout. Finally when entering the Driver MUST indicate via signals on Vehicle of her/his intention.

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  7. 2 questions; Will you be putting up signalized roundabouts like the UK, I hope not since they defeat the purpose of the roundabout. Secondly, is the govt planning on replacing intersections in Surrey with roundabouts? Thanx!

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    • Hello Pranad – thanks for connecting with us here. You are correct – the use of signalized roundabouts defeats the purpose of a roundabout and it is not likely that we would go that “route”. Are there any particular intersections in Surrey you are thinking of? That would help us identify if the road is under our jurisdiction or if it belongs to the City of Surrey itself. Thanks!

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  8. What happens if where you intend the traffic is blocked by a train surface crossing for minutes?
    If traffic starts to flow again, how should the vehicles, that have been waited at the roundabout, proceed to enter the roundabout to ensure smooth flow for everyone?

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    • Hi there – thanks for your question. To clarify – you are asking who has priority in a roundabout following a train crossing delay which backs traffic up, into the roundabout? Once traffic from inside the circle has cleared (this traffic has priority over traffic waiting outside the circle), then vehicles waiting to enter the circle can do so when space to their immediate left becomes open. Make sense?

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  9. Hi there –
    I haven’t scrolled right down into the basement, but has anyone mentioned your history is a bit off? I would venture they emerged in Canada earlier – Edmonton had several “traffic circles” in the ’60s.

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    • Hi Bernice. Yield to all traffic inside the roundabout. No need to yield to traffic not yet in the roundabout. If two vehicles approach a two-lane roundabout entrance at the same time, they will each have their own lanes.

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  10. I think driver in citys like Victoria should be more trained on how to drive properly when emerging into a roundabout. Somehow citys needed to be broadcasted how to drive safely. Ive asked five random people walking out of ICBC drive test center in Victoria on what to do when they drive striaght through the round about. Two out of five people told me that they would signel right before exiting off the round about while driving striaght through. One of the wrong person answered me saying she would stop and wait while in the round about to let the next vehicle in front emerge safely infront of her, that could of cuased traffic to stall behind her or even rear end her. People may think they being courtesy but really can cause an accident becuase of not being properly trained or warned. When I lived in Waterloo Ontario on the news there was a story about unsafe drivers using round abouts. After that day I swear traffic was a lot smoother and less accidents acurred. I ask Victoria B.C to broadcast a proper precaution on how to drive through rounabout please.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Noy. We agree roundabout education is important, which is why we make instructional content available here on our blog and social media platforms, as well as the ministry website.

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  11. Struggling with this. I go through one every day – it’s on a main artery into the subdivision where my son’s school is. I go through on the main artery, drop him off, go around the block, and then come to the same roundabout from the side, intending to turn left and go back the way I came from. Problem is, one often waits for 2-3 minutes to get into the roundabout, as the majority of drivers in the main artery treat the raoundabout as a chicane, and go through it bumper-to-bumper, leaving you no space to get into the traffic flow. Yes, one is supposed to give way to traffic already in the roundabout, but if people arrive at exactly the same time, who gives way to who? Link to Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FFYupkCxrLnYnJ3r5

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    • Hi Angus – thanks for connecting with us here. Your question is a valid one. Technically, those drivers who are going through bumper to bumper should be pausing, at least temporarily at the entrance to the circle, which should create a window or opening for drivers waiting to enter at other points. If this is a consistent issue, we encourage you to voice your concerns to City of Victoria police for follow up enforcement. We hope that this is helpful. Let us know if you have any other concerns or questions.

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      • So if I arrive at the roundabout at the same time as a car to my left I have the right of way? Correct? If the car to my left is in a string of 10 cars no one yields to cars on their right. They just keep driving into the roundabout without slowing. I think I will just enter when it is my turn. Btw I phoned the RCMP and they did not know who had the right of way.

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        • Hi Bill. I think I understand what you’re asking. If you approach a roundabout entrance and another vehicle is approaching the roundabout entrance to your left, your entering will not interfere because you are ahead of them. That string of 10 vehicles you mention will have to yield to all traffic approaching from their left.

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  12. Why does the icbc website say nothing about signaling before a roundabout but you’re telling people to signal before “as per icbc recommendation”?

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    • Hi Matt – thanks for your comment.
      As roundabouts have become more and more popular, proper signalling in roundabouts has become a bone of contention. That’s partly because signalling in roundabouts is not specifically covered in the BC Motor Vehicle Act, the authority on driving.
      There are, however, relevant sections: Section 170 and Section 150 (3).
      As ICBC states in their Learn to Drive Smart Manual, signalling right before exiting a roundabout is beneficial, as following vehicles know your intent to exit. Signals when turning is included in the BC MVA: “If a signal of intention to turn right or left is required, a driver must give it continuously for sufficient distance before making the turn to warn traffic.”
      That means, when entering an intersection controlled by a roundabout:
      • If intending a right turn: Signal right on approach, and continuously signal right until the right turn is complete.
      • If intending to drive straight through (i.e. you’re not turning right or left at the intersection): No signal until exiting – then signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.
      • If intending a left turn: Signal left on approach, and continuously signal left until approaching the exit. Signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.
      This view is shared by other countries, such as the UK, and it is our recommendation. That said, it would be a victory in and of itself if drivers at least signalled right before exiting roundabouts. We see many drivers that do not signal at all – whether entering or exiting – roundabouts.

      We encourage you to connect directly with ICBC about the wording on their website. 🙂

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  13. I am frustrated by drivers who signal left. There are no left turns. You can only exit right. The only way one should signal left in my opinion is if there are multiple lanes and one wishes to enter the inside or left lane. Am I correct? Or am i wrong?
    Thank you

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    • Good morning Shawn and welcome to the great debate – lol. Roundabouts are considered a traffic control device ( sort of like a signalized intersection). When a driver approaches a signalized intersection with the intention of turning left, they are required to indicate by use of their signal that they intend to turn left. This helps other motorists driving in the opposite direction know their intention. The same rule of the road technically applies for a roundabout; however, given the general lack of signalling found in a roundabout, we consider any signal a win. A driver intending to turn left should position their vehicle in the left most lane within the roundabout, in advance of entering the roundabout so they do not have to change lanes once they are in the circle. When the driver moves three quarters of the way around the circle, they are technically taking a left turn from their point of entry. A right signal to exit allows drivers inside and outside the circle know that the vehicle is leaving the circle. Make sense?

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      • What happens in the very common scenario where car 2 waiting to enter a roundabout does not see where the left-signalling car 1 entered the roundabout? Car 2 will be very confused because the left signal is therefore meaningless. I believe simplicity should rule above all else when it comes to traffic control devices, and no signalling should happen in roundabouts until the right signal to exit. The left signal gives no additional useful information, and can at times be confusing to other road users.

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        • Thanks for your comment, Sean. I understand your point; however, the left signal is not meaningless. Car 1’s left signal will inform Car 2 that it does not intend on exiting at the next exit.

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  14. So this is a constant source of debate between my wife and myself. Her attitude, which I’ve since adopted, is to keep the left-turn signal blinking UNTIL you plan to exit, and then turn the right-turn signal on. That way there is ZERO doubt in the mind of those waiting to enter the round-about about your intentions. The left-turn signal indicates that I am staying in the round-about, so please don’t enter. That said, I see your line that says: “If intending a left turn: Signal left on approach, and continuously signal left until approaching the exit. Signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.”

    So, where in the world (meaning, the world that drives on the right-hand side) would you ever do a left-turn OUT of a round-about? Is there such a thing in B.C.?

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    • Hi Cameron – thanks for your comment and question. Given the nature of the roundabout and the movement of traffic in it, there is no instance where you would signal left to actually exit the roundabout.

      Roundabouts are considered a traffic control device (sort of like a signalized intersection). When a driver approaches a signalized intersection with the intention of turning left, they are required to indicate by use of their signal that they intend to turn left. This helps other motorists driving in the opposite direction know their intention. The same rule of the road technically applies for a roundabout; however, given the general lack of signalling found in a roundabout, we consider any signal a win. A driver intending to turn left should position their vehicle in the left most lane within the roundabout, in advance of entering the roundabout so they do not have to change lanes once they are in the circle. When the driver moves three quarters of the way around the circle, they are technically taking a left turn from their point of entry. A right signal to exit allows drivers inside and outside the circle know that the vehicle is leaving the circle. Make sense?

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  15. I remember having to navigate a double lane traffic circle in Dawson Creek in the early 80s for my driver exam. You would not believe the number of tourists driving up the Alaska hwy in their big RVs that were not trained to use a traffic circle. Some just took both lanes, but others tried backing up (instead of just taking a second round) when they missed their turn. Glad they made it part of driver training there. I fully agree with the use of the left signal as well. If people use it at a normal intersection why would they not in traffic circle? It helps those entering to understand driver’s intent.

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  16. Do not tailgate the car in front of you to block transports from entering on your right. It’s very common to see 5 or 10 cars bumper to bumper which forces others to back up

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  17. Growing up in Victoria in the ‘50s I remember the intersection at Douglas and Hillside was a roundabout feeding all the streets that meet there. I would like to see it brought back.

    Another way to think of entering a roundabout as continuing on your current road so no signal is necessary. Leaving the roundabout is leaving your road so signaling is warranted.

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    • Thanks for connecting with us here and for sharing your comment, David. We will share your feedback with our traffic engineers, although this particular location would primarily fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Victoria.

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  18. I thought coming to this page would help. Ha Ha Ha! I give up! I ain’t gonna signal at all and take my chances. Gimme the ticket. Gosh Darned Idiots (government) Toilet seats still $6000 or did they go up again . . .

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    • Thanks for coming anyways, C. Smythe. We understand that some folks are still trying to figure out the rules of the roundabout. We hope that this blog gave you some insight into how to roll with them. If you have any specific questions about roundabouts – or anything else we do – just let us know here and we will try to get you the answer. Safe travels.

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    • Thanks for your message Steve. We are looking into producing a video. In the meantime, if there is something in particular which is confusing you – let us know and perhaps we can help clear it up!

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  19. Icbc should send a copy of this to everyone with their renewal notices. Nobody seems to know how to drive through the circles or when to signal

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  20. I question turning on your signal as soon as you enter roundabout unless you are taking the first right exit. If taking second right exit and signalling before passing first one you are telling drivers entering that you are turning before you actually are and they then enter cutting you off! Yes please do signal as soon as possible on approaching your right exit .

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    • Thanks for the comment, Rocky. We are only recommending drivers activate their right signals when entering a roundabout if they intend to use the right exit. If turning at the left exit, activate left signal until approaching left exit, then activate right signal upon exiting.

      Here’s how the blog breaks it down:

      That means, when entering an intersection controlled by a roundabout:
      • If intending a right turn: Signal right on approach, and continuously signal right until the right turn is complete.
      • If intending to drive straight through (i.e. you’re not turning right or left at the intersection): No signal until exiting – then signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.
      • If intending a left turn: Signal left on approach, and continuously signal left until approaching the exit. Signal right to exit, as per ICBC’s recommendation.

      Does this help clarify?

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  21. Signaling left when you enter a roundabout to exit at the 3rd exit is a stupid idea the same for no signal if you go straight. Who other then the car behind you knows when you entered. Signaling right when leaving makes the most sense. What if there are only 3 roads or more then 5 roads connected by a roundabout.

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    • Hi Mark. The BC MVA states a driver whose maneuver impacts another must signal. A roundabout controls an intersection. In most cases, the intersection would otherwise be a four-way stop controlled by traffic lights or stop signs, requiring the driver to signal accordingly. However, the number of exits does not matter – if your intention is to turn left, for example, at the intersection controlled by a roundabout, you should signal left when entering and right to exit.

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  22. Wise advice from the maritimers…
    DONT TRY THE ROUNDABOUT BESIDE A LARGE CMV!!!
    It’s just common sense.
    Apron be damned, if your coming up on my right I cannot see you in a roundabout. I have no idea you are there.
    So from the easterners…
    Do not enter roundabout or navigate a roundabout beside a big truck. It’s actually a ticketable fine

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    • Hi Vik,

      I think what the City of Vancouver webpage is saying is, if two vehicles arrive at two different entrances to the roundabout at the same time, the person on the right, goes first. (Somewhat like if two vehicles stop at a four-way stop intersection, coming from different directions, at the same time, the person on the right goes first. If you’d like to clarify or confirm that, I suggeest you contact the City of Vancouver: https://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-the-city-of-vancouver.aspx

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    • You are correct, it is a confusing description in the Vancouver site.
      Important to note, it talks about “when 2 vehicles enter at the same time…”…
      Once IN the roundabout, the vehicle that was on the right when the 2 vehicles entered, would be ahead of the 2nd vehicle. I take it that there cannot be overtaking within the roundabout..
      Upon EXITING, the vehicle on the left (inside lane) has the right of way, as was always the case in North America…
      GH

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  23. Excellent article! Hopefully, with time more people will signal in roundabouts.

    Also, why doesn’t the ministry use flashing yield signs at roundabout approaches on highways or at highway interchanges? They would provide more emphasis on the need to yield to traffic in the roundabout. For example, the roundabouts at the Pat Bay Highway and McTavish Rd. As many people simply don’t look left when entering. The Minnesota Department of Transportation found that, on average, flasher equipt stop signs lowered collision rates by 41% across the study intersections. In theory, flashing yield signs have similar safety benefits. (Example of flashing yield signs: https://www.tapconet.com/product/24-7-blinkersign-flashing-led-yield-sign-r1-2)

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    • Thank you for reading, Colton. Appreciate the feedback. And yes, we also hope that in time, and with continued education, people will signal more. As for flashing yield signs, the Highway 17 / McTavish Avenue roundabouts have two such signs: one on the N/B highway exit, and one from Canora Road. Are these the types of signs you are referring to?

      I’ve also asked our engineering department for other examples.

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          • We haven’t used flashers above yield signs in BC. We do have a process in place for consideration of flashers at stop controlled intersections, but not yield controlled. However, our traffic operations engineers do have the ability to explore other measures where standard approaches have been tried and found to be lacking (hence the vehicle activated yield signs at McTavish).

            At McTavish, for example, we found that some vehicles at two of the approaches (from Highway 17 northbound and coming from the airport) were tending not to yield. Part of the issue we determined was that due to the curvature of the approaches, the yield signs at the roundabout were not as visible as we would like. So, we explored using the vehicle activated electronic signs that are there now. These signs could be placed in advance, making them more visible. We also wanted something that would not flash all the time, but rather would activate when a vehicle approaches, making them more eye-catching.

            When it comes down to it, our traffic engineers do have the ability to consider additional approaches, such as flashers. But we don’t go straight to using all the bells and whistles for every situation. Rather, we have standard approaches that we use and, if we see an issue, we consider additional measures. This ensures a more consistent and cost-effective approach.

          • Also, there have been several instances where vehicles enter the roundabout too fast and end up losing control and crashing. There is only a single “50 km/h” exit advisory speed at the beginning of the ramp but there is no “30 km/h” advisory speed prior to the relatively sharp curve on the roundabout approach. Has the ministry looked at adding additional advisory speed signs on the roundabout approach from the Hwy 17 NB off-ramp to address these collisions? Thank you!

          • Hi Colton,

            Ministry staff will review the collision data on the McTavish roundabouts. If we feel additional warning signs are required, we will install further signs. Thank you for your suggestion.

  24. The problem with the new roundabout in Terrace is that I see a lot of vehicles not yielding as they enter, not even slowing down. They just barrel right through! I’ve been traveling through the roundabout a few times, with my young children in the vehicle and have had to jam on the breaks to avoid being sideswiped by larger vehicles not stopping. What can be done about this, it is so dangerous.

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    • Hi there Amanda – thanks for your comment. We understand that some drivers are inexperienced with roundabout ettiquite, which is why we created this content to help educate. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to enforce the rules of the road – that falls to the BC RCMP. Perhaps try reaching out to the local detachment and expressing your concerns?

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  25. The Motor Vehicle Act is NOT a guide, it is Provincial Law which carries fines and penalties when not complied with.

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  26. What about the roundabout in Dawson Creek, at the intersection of Highways 97, 49, 2 and Eighth Street?

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