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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Roundabout Basics

Roundabout Detail

Blaine and the Twin Cities Metro area have seen an increase in the number of intersections that are being redesigned as roundabouts. When used properly, roundabouts are safer and move more traffic than traditional intersections.

Here are some simple rules for safely using a roundabout:


  • Approaching vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk and to traffic in a roundabout. As you approach a roundabout always slow down.
  • Use the proper lane for your intended point of exit.
  • If there are pedestrian crossings, remember pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Before entering the roundabout, look left and yield to all traffic within the roundabout. Any vehicle in the roundabout always has the right of way.
  • Please note, the inside lane of the roundabout is often allowed to exit and has the right of way.
  • Do not pass any other vehicles in a roundabout in case they unexpectedly change lanes.
  • If an emergency vehicle approaches, proceed to your exit and then pull over. Do not stop or change lanes in a roundabout.
  • As you exit the roundabout you may change lanes.


  • Always stay on designated walkways. Never walk across the circulating lane(s) in a roundabout to the center island.
  • Watch for cars. You have the right of way once you have safely entered the crosswalk, but your best protection is your own attention.
  • Cross the roundabout one approach at a time, using the median island as a refuge prior to crossing the next direction of traffic.

For more information and some excellent videos on roundabouts, visit

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