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Navigating a traffic circle in four easy steps

June 26, 2014

RoundaboutJohns Creek is starting to use traffic circles as a less-costly and more-efficient form of intersection control in some circumstances, with one traffic circle already installed at Lexington and Sargent roads and one planned at Bell and Boles roads.

While common in Europe and the Northeast, traffic circles are relatively new in metro-Atlanta.

Here are some useful tips for navigating roundabouts:
  • Entering traffic must slow to 15 to 20 miles per hour.
  • Yield to circulation traffic. Wait for a sufficient gap in the circulating traffic before entering. Vehicles inside the roundabout have the right-of-way!
  • Yield to any pedestrians using the crosswalks as you enter and exit the roundabout.
  • Signal your intent as you approach and drive through the roundabout. No signal is required for through movement although you should signal right when you exit.
For a visual depiction for using roundabouts, here's a handy video.