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Old 08-20-10, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
Traffic circles have been springing up in our county, with bike-lane exits to the sidewalk. When I approach the circles, I move into the car lane, I can go through the circle at traffic speed much easier than I can ramp to the sidewalk and navigate the circle using crosswalks.

I am wondering if the 'bicycle exit' sign where the bike-lane ramps up to the sidewalk is a requirement or a suggestion.

For me it only comes up every month or 2, but a new traffic circle is sprouting near my house and it will soon become a twice-daily encounter.

ps-> maybe this is for A&S, in which case, nevermind.

I do tend to use facilities where they are unless unsafe like doorzone setups.
Poor design. If you do this, you are then required to cross the exit from the circle. Should you be turning left, you would have to do this twice, each time at a point where drivers would not be expecting to stop for cross traffic, either pedestrians or cyclists. It would be especially dangerous on the larger circles, where drivers will tend to be going pretty quickly.

If it's a busy one, gaps in the traffic leaving the circle will likely be small. It might well then lead to cyclists/peds taking risks to get across.

As others have said, take the traffic lane as you would in a car
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