Action line: I’ve seen more roundabouts in Windsor and Loveland. How do you use one?
January 16, 2018
The short answer? Yield to anyone already in the roundabout; otherwise keep going slowly.
Now here's a longer answer.
Windsor has at least 12 roundabouts, and they can be hard to navigate.
Sgt. Brian Smith with the Windsor Police Department said he doesn't remember the last time he responded to a crash in Windsor's roundabouts, but he's seen a few near misses.
The first thing to do when approaching a roundabout is to look to the left because that's where other cars will be coming. They have the right-of-way.
You don't have to stop unless there's a stop sign, Smith said. Even if there's a car in the roundabout, you might not have to stop. Just slowly enter behind them.
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Once you're in the roundabout, continue around the circle and signal before turning right out of the roundabout. That way cars waiting to pull in the roundabout know you're about to turn out, so they can get ready to pull in.
Confusion comes into play more when there's more than one lane, Smith said. The roundabouts Windsor has on Crossroads Boulevard are two-lane roundabouts. A good practice to follow, Smith said, is to stick in the outermost lane if you're about to turn right, and otherwise start off in the inside lane. But most of them have signs to help.
Granted, many of the arrows are drawn on the road itself, so it's not always easy, but Smith recommends residents keep an eye out on both upright signs and those below.
Cars can go 45 miles per hour on Crossroads, Smith said, so it's a good idea to slow down to 15-20 miles per hour before entering the roundabout. The curve is tighter than some drivers expect.
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