Learn Roundabout Etiquette



WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE  Drivers and pedestrians are often confused at how to safely and efficiently use a roundabout. The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is hoping to improve that with a multi-faceted educational campaign.

The Town has recently launched a full campaign to increase awareness and initiate discussion about roundabouts and how to use them safely. With the creation of a promotional video as well as a full marketing campaign including brochures, social media, radio features, magazine and newspaper advertising, mobile signs and more, residents and visitors of Whitchurch-Stouffville are about to be experts on the matter.

Roundabouts are popping up in municipalities all over the GTA; Whitchurch-Stouffville has over half a dozen.  These circular intersections don’t have stop signs or traffic signals, yet they have been proven to be substantially safer. York Region states that “based on industry studies, converting a stop-controlled intersection to a roundabout can reduce overall collisions by 40 percent and severe collisions by 75 percent”.

For vehicular traffic, using a roundabout consists of 3 steps: entering, driving within and exiting. When entering a roundabout always approach slowly and be aware of any pedestrians or cyclists. When inside the roundabout be alert for entering traffic, drive in a counter-clockwise direction and never pass another vehicle or stop within the roundabout. When exiting a roundabout always signal, be aware of pedestrians and cyclists and continue down the street being aware to not stop too close to the roundabout.

There are also special circumstances to keep in mind. If you encounter an emergency vehicle while inside a roundabout take the closest exit and then pull over. Never stop within a roundabout. Pedestrians must be aware that they do not have the right of way in a roundabout. They must cross at the crosswalks, never using the center island and wait for a gap in traffic to safely cross. Cyclists may use a roundabout either as a pedestrian or as a vehicle.

For more information about roundabouts visit our website at townofws.ca/roundabouts, check out our video at https://vimeo.com/288070764 and connect with us on social media.


Media Contact: Glenn Jackson | Corporate Communications

Phone: 905-640-1910 or 1-855-642 8697 Ext. 2451