Drivers and mini roundabouts

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by NickNick, 28 Nov 2017.

  1. T4tomo

    T4tomo Über Member

    actually surprisingly fine to do on a bike, as the traffic through it is all going slow, and your visibility is good being sat on the bike, so as a bike you can easily slot into the gaps and make your way through.
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  2. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    When stuff like this happen drivers don't realise give way to veichles on the roundabout and to the right just like on a normal roundabout. but to be fair not all mini roundabout have a give way sign. So i think it would help if mini roundabout's have a give way sign but weirdly when i cycle to college and i have to get past two mini roundabouts and two big roundabouts. Most of the time drivers to give way. The only close call was on one day. i've had wasn't on a mini roundabout it was on a big roundabout and this is that i was going past a roundabout i signald saying i was staying on roundabout and this driver just pulled out luckily i braked in time and i just looked oddly at him (as he failed to give way. I just ignored him because i didn't want to get into an argument as a police car was waiting in a exit. <supriesed he didn't do/say anything to that driver.
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  3. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)

    So who has right of way?
  4. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    C has right of way because he is merely following the course of the road and not making a turn or crossing a carriageway. Once C has cleared the junction then A has right of way, B should only emerge when both sides of the road he wishes to join are clear.
  5. dave r

    dave r Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    No one, C has priority but no one has right of way
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  6. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    It's "C"s road but they would be a fool to assume "B" was going to give way or "A" was going to wait. (I might even wave "A" on if I was in the wagon, they're not likely to hold back far enough for the trailer))
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  7. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Who has right of way and who needs to be given right of way for pragmatic reasons are two different things. If I was A and there were parked vehicles obstructing my side of the road just out of sight behind D, I would likely wave both B and D out so I could then swerve over to their side of the road to clear the obstruction. One of the differences between theory and real-life driving is sometimes you need to give way to someone who doesn't have it by right, for the sake of keeping the traffic flowing.
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  8. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    And it was a bit nerve racking when my instructor for my Class 2 HGV licence made me drive round it in an 18 tonner - ! :rofl:
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  9. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I had a similar situation on my bike the other day except in my case the main road is the one that A, B, and D are on and C was emerging from the side road. I was where B is. I stopped and A and C stopped too. There was a bit of a stand-off but driver A waved me through while driver C was dithering so I took my opportunity, but kept a close eye on what C was doing just in case.
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  10. david k

    david k Hi

    North West
    Most seem to be used as a normal give way, the at they were before converted to a mini roundabout

    I don't trust other drivers when I'm either driving or cycling
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  11. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Nr Cambridge
    I have had several run ins with dangerous drivers on mini roundabouts almost hitting me head on when I am indicating and turning right so I have right of way. Most cars seem to have been driven by chavs in Vauxhall Corsas, which seems to be the car of choice for chavs. On two occasions recently cars have failed to give way and I thought that this was it and I was going to be hit. Strangely I don't have so much of a problem on my bike at these roundabouts, but then this might be because my front Max D light is on full and on coming vehicles do give way and stop.
  12. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    The first guy to die.
  13. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Miniroundabouts serve to remind us that the world is full of farkwits.
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  14. Inertia

    Inertia I feel like I could... TAKE ON THE WORLD!!

    There is a road near me that has been remarked in the same way the one in the illustration is. C used to be the give way road.

    As it is now, as a cyclist approaching as C, Ive almost been taken out by B twice since it was changed. To B, unless he is paying attention, it looks like he has priority. Bloody dangerous.
  15. BoldonLad

    BoldonLad Über Member

    South Tyneside
    The mini-roundabout shown below is near where I live. The layout is such that drivers are positively encouraged to regard the view shown as a "straight across" option. But, the majority of traffic comes from the road on the right!

    I always treat it with the utmost caution, either cycling, driving, or, riding my motor-scooter.

    As a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, I always assume other road users / pedestrians may well do the least expected!

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