Cycling on Roundabouts

February 2018:  MCAC has been hearing from cyclists who are concerned about riding on local roundabouts.  It is expected that this intersection format will become more prevalent in Mississauga.  MCAC is concerned that cycling safety be inherent in the design and signage of roundabouts.

► The City relies on the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)'s Canadian Roundabout Design Guide (January 2017). 

BASIC FEATURES:  In Canada (where roundabouts first appeared in the 1990's), a modern roundabout is a type of circular intersection in which vehicles travel counter-clockwise around a central island, and can contain multiple lanes.  Vehicles entering the roundabout must yield to circulating traffic.  Roundabouts have specific geometric design and traffic control features to enhance safety and capacity of the intersection.  Source: TAC's Primer on Roundabouts in Canada (4p PDF).

Mississauga has several traditional urban 'traffic circles' (e.g. on The Credit Woodlands and in the Lisgar area) but these are not technically roundabouts.

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Examples of Roundabouts in the City

1.  Mississauga’s first-installed roundabout is located at the intersection of Duke of York Blvd at Square One Drive (map), at Sheridan College HMC (shown in the image at left).  This format was used to help facilitate existing and expected traffic volumes in the area, and start to fulfill the goals of the City's Downtown21 Plan.  MCAC's City Centre Community Ride includes this roundabout.  NOTE: This roundabout will be removed when the Hurontario LRT is built.

► Website for the Sheridan Campus roundabout.

2.  Another City roundabout is located at Skymark Avenue at Explorer Drive (map).  NOTE: The City is planning to make engineering design improvements to this particular roundabout during 2018.

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Cycling Safety

Reference the Mississauga Road Safety Handbook (2013 edition; p63, excerpted below).  The graphic (at left) appears on p64 of the RSH.

Cyclists:
• If acting as a motorist, follow instructions specified when approaching and exiting a roundabout.

[ NOTE: The instruction for cyclists to 'occupy the centre of the lane' is based on Can-Bike principles.  Procedure in two-lane roundabouts: occupy the right-most lane.  In either case, signal when planning to exit the roundabout. ]

• Less confident riders may choose to dismount and walk their bike.  Instructions for pedestrians will apply.

► The Region of Peel: Peel Roundabouts (website).  The Cyclists tab outlines how to behave as a driver or a pedestrian through a roundabout.

COMING SOON:  City of Mississauga website content on roundabout safety, including material specific to pedestrians and cyclists.

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ROAD SAFETY HANDBOOK (2013)
Roundabouts explained on pages 63-65