Of the many situations a cyclist could find themselves in, one of the most challenging is undoubtedly riding on a roundabout. Many road users fail to use roundabouts properly and this certainly doesn’t give a cyclist any further confidence when using them.
The key to cycling on roundabouts is to be confident and to assert yourself in your riding position. While you may stick to the left side of the road when riding along it, this is the most dangerous position to be in when on a roundabout. This is because car drivers are looking at the main portion of the road. They won’t expect anyone to come along hugging the kerb, and if you do just that you could end up getting knocked off your bike. Worse still, you could be knocked into the path of a passing car.
It may seem frightening to use the centre of the lane as you approach and to get into the right position to take the appropriate exit. But this is the best way to stay visible. Just be sure you indicate and keep a close eye on who is around you to stay safe.
What might happen if you don’t know how to use roundabouts as a cyclist?
If you hug the left side of the road as you enter the roundabout you will put yourself in additional danger. It means cars can pass you in your lane and they can also cut you up by turning left without any thought to where you might be going. Indeed they may assume you are going left because that’s where you are sitting. By staying in the centre of your lane you are preventing anyone behind you from passing you and all road users will be able to see you.
Do you need advice regarding a cycling accident?
Cycling on roundabouts can be nerve-wracking to the uninitiated. There are potential hazards around and potential accidents can occur if you or other road users do not pay proper attention. Call Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24/7 enquiry line if you believe you may have evidence that negligence took place and caused an accident you were involved in. You may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you suffered or any damage your bike incurred. Don’t be left in doubt – simply call us now or take the 30-second online test to see where you might stand legally.Open Claim Calculator