The Savage Roundabout was installed at the intersection of County Road 16 and Lynn Avenue/Glendale Road in 2010 to improve traffic flow and reduce the severity of accidents. The intersection previously was controlled by a traffic signal.
How to Drive a Roundabout
As a relatively new intersection control tool, roundabouts can be confusing for those who have not previously encountered them. The following information is intended to provide guidance for those unfamiliar with how to use a roundabout.
- Slow down and get into the appropriate lane depending on where you are going to exit the roundabout:
- Traffic exiting immediately (essentially a right turn) should be in the right lane.
- Traffic that will be leaving the roundabout at the second exit point (essentially going straight) may be in either the right or left lanes.
- Traffic going to the third exit point (which would have been a left turn without the roundabout), should be in the left or inside lane.
- Traffic going all the way around to make a U-turn, should be in the left or inside lane.
- Motorists should never change lanes while in the roundabout.
- Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. They have the right of way.
- Yield to vehicles already in the circle. Merge into the traffic flow when it is safe.
Inside the Roundabout:
- Continue through the roundabout until you reach your exit. Do not stop or pass in a roundabout.
- If an emergency vehicle approaches, exit immediately and then pull over and stop. Do not stop in the roundabout.
- Bicyclists can either ride with traffic inside the roundabout or use the crosswalks appropriately.
- Bicyclists who ride with traffic must follow the same rules as vehicles and must yield as they enter the roundabout. Since traffic moves slowly in the circle, bicyclists should be able to travel at or near the same speed as motorists, staying in line with circulating traffic.
- Cross only at crosswalks, and always stay on the designated walkways.
- Never cross to the central island.
- Cross the roadways one direction at a time. Use the median island as a halfway point where you can check for approaching traffic.