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This year the City of Durango's Multimodal Division is launching an educational campaign with tips on how to safely share the road -- for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists. 

Monthly tips are featured in the Momentum e-newsletter.

July's Share the Road Tip: Get the Hang of the Roundabout

Florida Rd RoundaboutDoes your head spin every time you enter a roundabout? It doesn't have to! By learning a few navigation tips, you may find roundabouts are just as simple to use as stop signs.

Roundabouts offer improved safety over other forms of intersections because they have fewer conflict points, slower speeds, and offer easier decision making. 

Studies have shown that roundabouts are safer than traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersections. 

Roundabouts reduced injury crashes by 75 percent at intersections where stop signs or signals were previously used for traffic control, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Studies by the IIHS and Federal Highway Administration have shown that roundabouts typically achieve:

  • A 37 percent reduction in overall collisions
  • A 75 percent reduction in injury collisions
  • A 90 percent reduction in fatality collisions
  • A 40 percent reduction in pedestrian collisions

roundabout safety

Roundabouts improve pedestrian safety by allowing them to cross one-way traffic that is moving at much slower speeds.

  1. When approaching, slow down! Look for pedestrians in the crosswalk and yield to them.
  2. Look left for oncoming traffic. Cars already in the roundabout have right of way. If you don't see any traffic, keep moving. You do not have to stop.
  3. Do not pass cyclists in the roundabout; they are entitled to the full lane and probably won't be going much slower than you anyway (you were supposed to slow down, remember?)
  4. Do not enter the roundabout when emergency vehicles are approaching - pull to the side. If you are in the roundabout, exit at your intended exit then pull to the side.
  5. Lastly, use your right turn signal when you get to your exit. Yield to any pedestrians in the crosswalk and then keep on moving. Do not stop in the roundabout.

Let's all do our part to to safely share the road! Read the July Momentum e-newsletter.

Read more from our Share the Road Education Campaign! 

June's Share the Road Tip: Make Eye Contact. Pedestrians, to ensure that drivers see and stop for you, establish eye contact before you start to cross. Read more.

May's Share the Road Tip: Three Feet for Passing.
When passing a cyclist, allow at least three feet of space between the widest point of the cyclist. Read more. 

April's Share the Road Tip: Wear Lights at Night! (And a Helmet!). 
Spring is here, and the warmer weather and longer days provide plenty of opportunities for great riding -- even at night. Read more

March's Share the Road Tip: Motorists, Focus on Driving. 
Distracted driving is increasingly becoming one of the biggest hazards on our roadways. Read more.

February's Share the Road Tip: Safety Starts at the Bus Stop. 
The greatest risk to your child is not actually riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one -- especially at a bus stop. Read more.

January's Share the Road Tip: Respect the Sharrow.
 A sharrow is a shared-lane marking indicating where a bicyclist has the right to ride. They can be seen along many Durango streets. Read more.

If you have a road story you'd like to share, please email .