Bicycle Network: Behaviour
What to do at a roundabout. It's essential to know the rules to get through roundabouts. Single-lane roundabouts In single-lane roundabouts, riders must...
It's essential to know the rules to get through roundabouts.
When entering single-lane roundabouts, riders must give way to any vehicle already on the roundabout.
The safest way to negotiate a single-lane roundabout is to check over your shoulder, indicate with your right arm that you are moving out from the edge of the road and merge into the middle of the lane.
Enter the roundabout in the middle of the lane and go through it the same way you would if you were in a car. This will make you more visible to other vehicles approaching the roundabout and prevent cars travelling in the same direction from trying to 'squeeze' past you.
All other vehicles entering the roundabout must give way to you (but be vigilant as sometimes drivers won't see you).
Signal if you are turning right. Once through the roundabout move back to the left side of the road.
Some single-lane roundabouts have bike lanes marked around the edge of the roundabout but it puts cyclists in a position where they are less likely to be seen and they don't work if you are making a right hand turn as they place you in the wrong position on the road. The outside edge of roundabouts are also often full of puncture-causing debris.
The rules for bikes are slightly different than for motor vehicles in multi-lane roundabouts.
At multi-lane roundabouts, riders may make a right turn from either the left or right lane. If choosing to make the turn from the left lane, cyclists must give way to vehicles crossing their path to leave the roundabout.
VicRoads has trialed a colour treatment at this multi-lane roundabout at the corner of Childs Rd and Dalton Rd in Epping. It works for cyclists going straight ahead through the roundabout or making a left hand turn. Right turning cyclists need to do a hook turn.
See the VicRoads road rules for roundabouts.