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Roundabouts – Part 2 » Yield sign with rdbt symbol imposed

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This sign is not in the BC manual

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  1. does this sign mean cars in the turning circle actually have the right of way over cars coming into the circle from the right?
    already I’m confused. I understand that turning circles act as four way stop signs, but are you ever in the circle, or are you actually aways approaching the circle, and thus does one aways yield to the traffic comming from the right?

    patricia bourque

    November 2, 2008 at 1:14 pm

  2. Yes. You have to be obey the yield sign and allow traffic already in the circle to clear first. The old rule about “priority on the right” never worked – and indeed was invented (in France) for cyclists in the days before widespread automobility.

    “Traffic circles” are an American way of interrupting traffic flow. “Roundabouts” are a British way of improving it.

    Here is a useful sight – actually American – which explains how modern roundabouts work

    Stephen Rees

    November 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm

  3. Not sure if you’re still monitoring this, but on Blenheim they have placed traffic circles (at 29th and 37th) with the normal yield-sign for all four approaching roads. People seem to be unsure how to interpret that. The traffic on Blenheim would like to keep their right-of-way, but I don’t see how that is supported, other than the solid yellow line (that stops before reaching the circle). Any wisdom here?

    Peter Passchier

    May 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm

  4. The Yield signs need to be supplemented by paint on the road. A triangle traffic splitter/diverter and a yield line both help to slow traffic and deter wrong way movement around the circle – a frequent offence at traffic circles. Roundabout design is a lot more sophisticated than our traffic engineers like to admit but ICBC/MoTI have installed a many good ones on provincial highways. CoV seems immune to education in this regard.

    Stephen Rees

    May 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm


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