CYPRESS PARK — The city’s first major roundabout or traffic circle is near completion near the junction of Figueroa Street, San Fernando Road and Riverside Drive. The idea behind the 100-foot roundabout is to improve traffic flow and safety without the use of traffic signals , according to engineers. But since big roundabouts are new to most L.A. drivers, the L.A. Department of Transportation has recommended watching an educational video created by the Region of Peel in suburban of Toronto for handling a traffic circle and avoiding “unsafe conditions.”
Some highlights of How to Drive In a Roundabout:
- Yield to traffic inside the roundabout before entering
- Yield to traffic exiting the roundabout
- Try not to change lanes in the roundabout
- Bicyclists should follow the same rules
- Pedestrians should wait for a “safe gap” in traffic before crossing
When will you be able to practice these roundabout rules? City officials will only say “very soon.”
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