ROUNDABOUTS

You will find many roundabouts in Wageningen. This section analyses the specific rules for roundabouts in greater depth. Mind the difference between the rules that apply in and outside built-up areas.

 

Roundabout – compulsory direction of travel

 

 

In built-up areas
If the roundabout does not have a separate cycle lane, you have to give right of way to the drivers or cyclists that are already on the roundabout. Once on the roundebout, you have the right of way. It will be easier to get on a roundabout that does have a separate cycle lane. You will usually have the right of way on the motorized traffic. This is indicated by the the give-way road markings (white priority triangles) for traffic exiting the roundabout. 

You may have the right of way, but it is always a good idea to check and make sure that others are giving it to you. Especially cars and trucks exiting the roundabout can easily overlook your presence. Try to have as much eyecontact as possible.

Be especially cautious on roundabouts that have a two-way cycle track, as they can be confusing both for you as for the car drivers. They may not be expecting cyclists coming from their left! When exiting this type of roundabout, carefully indicate your intentions. This is not only cautious behaviour, but it also keeps the drivers from unnecessarily having to wait for your action.

 

 Marijkeweg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Give priority to traffic on the main road ahead

 

 

Outside built-up areas
The priority rules on roundabouts outside built-up areas are fairly simple: cyclists never have the right of way over the motorized traffic. This is indicated through the use of give-way road markings (white priority triangles, see photo) on the cycle lane and the traffic sign (see above). You do not have the right of way on the motorized traffic entering the roundabout nor on the traffic exiting it (roundabout near Ede).

 

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