Aeeek wrote:Pete wrote:Many of us do not want a dedicated lane in roundabouts, as if we are going past the straight-through exit, the road rules then require us to give way to vehicles approaching from behind us
+1 tho' if it's painted the special give-way-to-cyclists colour (depends on state/territory) what then?
I used to ride straight through a single lane roundabout, good visibility, when clear could straight-line it safely.
Now bike lane goes around it, and I'd crash using it at my previously safe speed. Arguably, I don't need to use it as its not safe for me.
Result, I don't go that way any more.
Ain't no such thing as "the special give-way-to-cyclists colour". Sure the colouring usually indicates that the lane is a bike lane but the colouring itself has no legal standing. A bike lane is defined by signs at the roadside - all other markings are an aid to identifying the area referred to by the signs.
In a single lane roundabout the rule for all vehicles is that you must give way to any vehicle already in the roundabout (that does NOT automatically translate into "give way to the right" despite popular belief) and you can take any exit as it comes up.
In a multi-lane roundabout the same give way to vehicles on the roundabout applies but the left lane can only be used to make a left turn or go straight (you must take the first or second exit). If you want to go past the second exit you must be in an outer lane and it is legal to take the third or subsequent exit from that outer lane (because anybody inside you SHOULD also be taking that exit in theory).
For cyclists with a painted lane the whole picture is complicated because, single or multi lane roundabout, a cyclist in one of those lanes is permitted to go as far around the circle as they like while still travelling at the extreme left - the position from which all other vehicles are supposed to exit. So, to avoid collisions between right turning cyclists and left exiting motor vehicles, cyclists must give way before crossing the exit lane thereby blocking the following cyclists trying to exit at the same point.
Roundabout cycle lanes are, IMHO, far more dangerous than riding in the standard traffic lane. They confuse everybody. The only possible beneficiary I can see is a cyclist wishing to take the first exit who SHOULD, in that case, have a dedicated lane with no motor traffic conflict.