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Avoid Common Mistakes Made by Cyclists at Roundabouts

Roundabouts are an important part of cycling safety, but they can also be a source of confusion and anxiety for some cyclists. Navigating roundabouts correctly is essential to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the road. Unfortunately, common mistakes made by cyclists at roundabouts still occur far too often. To help you stay safe and avoid roundabout accidents, we’ve put together some tips that will allow you to confidently make it through any roundabout with ease – understanding how to approach them in the first place and avoiding those all-too-common errors along the way!

Understanding Roundabouts

Roundabouts are circular junctions with an inner lane for cars to travel around in one direction. The inner lane is usually marked with white lines or arrows, indicating the direction of travel. There may also be signs at each entrance directing drivers on how to enter and exit the roundabout safely. Cars must give way to any vehicles already in the roundabout before entering it themselves.

Rules of the Road

When driving through a roundabout, there are certain rules that must be followed for everyone’s safety. Drivers should always indicate when entering or exiting a roundabout, even if they do not need to change lanes while inside it. Finally, drivers should always keep their speed low while navigating a roundabout as this will help ensure that other vehicles have enough time and space to safely enter and exit without incident.

Key Takeaway: Roundabouts require drivers to follow specific rules for everyone’s safety. These include using turn signals when entering or exiting, remaining in the designated lane throughout the journey, and keeping speed low.

Common Mistakes Made by Cyclists at Roundabouts

Cyclists often find themselves in a tricky situation when approaching roundabouts. It is important to know the rules of the road and be aware of common mistakes that can lead to accidents or other dangerous situations.

Not Knowing Who Has Right of Way: One mistake cyclists make at roundabouts is not knowing who has right of way. Generally, vehicles already on the roundabout have priority over those entering it, so cyclists should always give way to traffic already on the roundabout before proceeding. 

Not Signalling Properly: Another mistake cyclists (and drivers) make is not signalling properly when exiting a roundabout. Cyclists should signal their intentions clearly with arm signals so drivers behind them are aware they are leaving the roundabout and can adjust accordingly. Failing to do this could cause an accident if another vehicle does not anticipate their movements correctly due to lack of warning from the cyclist.

Finally, one last mistake made by cyclists at roundabouts is failing to look ahead and behind while navigating through it safely. Cyclists need to pay attention both in front and behind them for any potential hazards such as cars changing lanes without signalling or pedestrians crossing unexpectedly into their path.

Roundabouts can be tricky for cyclists, but don't make these common mistakes: not knowing who has right of way, not signalling properly & failing to look ahead & behind. Stay safe out there and remember - always signal your intentions. #CyclingSafety #CycleSOS

How to Navigate Roundabouts Safely

Roundabouts are a common feature of the roads in many countries, and they can be tricky to navigate safely. Knowing how to plan your route in advance, slow down and pay attention to traffic flow, and follow the rules of the road is essential for cyclists who want to stay safe on their journeys.

Planning Your Route in Advance: When planning a new route, it’s important to know the exact location of roundabouts along your route before beginning your journey. This will help ensure that you don’t get caught out by unexpected junctions or turns. It also helps if you familiarise yourself with any potential hazards such as busy junctions before heading out onto the roads.

Slowing Down and Paying Attention to Traffic Flow: Cyclists should slow down when approaching roundabouts and take extra caution when entering them. It is also important for cyclists to remain aware of other road users at all times; paying particular attention to large vehicles which may have difficulty seeing smaller bikes due to their size or blind spots. Larger vehicles, such as trucks and buses, have longer wheelbases and wider turning radiuses, which makes navigating roundabouts more challenging. When entering or exiting the roundabout, they may have to take a wider path, which may put them in close proximity to cyclists. 

To navigate roundabouts safely, cyclists should follow these 7 tips:

  1. Approach the roundabout with caution and obey any posted signs or signals.
  2. Look out for cars and other vehicles already on the roundabout, and be prepared to give way to them if necessary.
  3. Use the cycle lane (if available) to enter the roundabout.
  4. Use hand signals to indicate your intended direction of travel.
  5. Maintain a steady pace when you are in the roundabout.
  6. Keep an eye out for vehicles exiting the roundabout, as they may not be expecting cyclists to be present.
  7. Use the cycle lane (if available) to exit the roundabout.

Remember that roundabouts are designed to reduce speed and increase safety, so it is important to ride defensively and be aware of your surroundings at all times. To increase visibility, it is recommended to wear light-coloured and/or reflective clothing as well as use bright lights.

Key Takeaway: Planning your route in advance and paying attention to traffic flow are essential for cyclists who want to stay safe on roundabouts. Key elements include: – Planning your route ahead of time – Slowing down when approaching a roundabout – Looking left first before crossing into a lane – Paying attention to other road users, particularly large vehicles


It is important for cyclists to understand the rules of roundabouts and how to navigate them safely. Knowing common mistakes made by cyclists at roundabouts can help you avoid accidents and keep yourself safe on the roads. By following these tips, you can ensure that your cycling experience is a positive one. Remember, when it comes to roundabouts, knowledge is power – so make sure you are aware of all the common mistakes made by cyclists at roundabouts before heading out on your next ride!

Cycling SOS believes that cyclists shouldn’t suffer an injury or accident at roundabouts due to common mistakes. We are calling on cyclists and road safety advocates alike to join us in our mission of making the roads safer for everyone by raising awareness of these dangerous mistakes. Let’s work together towards reducing the number of cycling accidents caused by errors while navigating roundabouts!

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Cycle SOS
Cycle SOS only deal with cycle accident claims. We understand cyclists, and believe that cyclists have the right to be safe on the roads. Cycle SOS The Cyclists National Helpline is made up of a highly trained team of specialist personal injury cycling lawyers that have recovered millions of pounds for people making bicycle accident claims.