I don’t know how many other people would relate to this but I have a problem summoning up the nerve to turn right at multi-lane roundabouts. I would be interested to get advice on best way to survive this manoeuvre. I’ll only go left or straight over multi-lane roundabouts. I’m ok turning right on mini-roundabouts as I can get into the middle of the lane easily enough and thus dictate to the traffic rather than the other way round.
A good reader question and yes multi-lane roundabouts are not that fun!
My advice would be as follows: Think like a car! Something like 80% of cyclists are also drivers (or at least hold a driving licence). So you probably know what I’m talking about..
Therefore, you need to be filtering into the correct lane and remembering the 7 mistakes that all cyclists make. I.e. Taking a primary position in the middle of a lane so a car cannot overtake you.
To give further advice I looked at John Franklins much quoted book: Cyclecraft.
The right way to do it
You need to start gradually moving into the right lane (arm out, filter one lane at a time) usually more than 100 metres (330 feet) before the roundabout if you want to turn right.
Just before entering the roundabout you want to be in the middle of the right hand lane. When you enter the roundabout cycling at speed can be an advantage.
On the circulatory road you should be riding on the left of the centre of the right-hand lane. When you are opposite the lane of traffic entering the roundabout before the exit you want you need to start gradually turning towards the exit road.
The key is to not make any sudden turns that drivers can’t predict.
In terms of your signalling the most important is to signal left just before you start to make an exit. You should aim to combine signalling with a show of intention i.e. starting to turn your bike.
As always keeping all your senses awake and ready.
Finally, when exiting you should keep the primary position until you feel comfortable letting a driver overtake you.
For more advice like this I strongly recommend John Franklins book.
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