Sound off: Can you tell us what the safest and the lawful use of a roundabout is for bicyclists and motorists? I often find myself on my bike at the 19th Street and Barker Avenue roundabout when it is busiest. Drivers sometimes stop to allow me to enter. I know this is a hazard. How do bicyclists and motorists navigate safely?
Megan Gilliland, a city of Lawrence spokeswoman, said generally there are three options for bicyclists. The best one is up to the rider’s experience and level of comfort. • Ride like a car: If you are comfortable riding in traffic, ride on the circulatory roadway of the roundabout like a car. Obey all of the same driving instructions as for cars. • Walk like a pedestrian: If you are uncomfortable riding in traffic and no special separate facility is provided, dismount and exit the approach lane before the splitter island on the approach, and move to the sidewalk. Once on the sidewalk, walk your bicycle like a pedestrian. • Use a shared bicycle-pedestrian path: Some roundabouts may have a ramp that leads to a widened sidewalk or a shared bicycle-pedestrian path that runs around the perimeter of the roundabout. Be courteous to pedestrians and yield to them.