Council is progressively introducing new treatments for Council managed single and multi-lane roundabouts to improve safety for all road users. The two types of roundabouts are treated differently and have different guidelines to follow. These are localised to our region and differ from TMR’s roundabout rules for cyclists.
Single lane roundabouts
When approaching a single lane roundabout, cyclists are encouraged to take the lane. This is the preferred option. By taking a lane, motorists at these roundabouts are more aware of cyclists. You will notice the approach speed is reduced to 30km, bike and arrow symbols will direct cyclists into the traffic lane on the roundabout and “watch for cyclists” signs will be installed.
Drivers and cyclists are governed by the same road laws. When lines of traffic merge, including cycle lanes, users must give way to any vehicle ahead of them. At these roundabouts cyclists are allowed to travel in the main traffic lane, and exit the roundabout into the dedicated cycle lanes. At the same time, cyclists need to acknowledge vehicle speeds and ride so as not to unnecessarily delay drivers.
Single lane roundabouts that have already been upgraded include:
- Bungalow: Scott St / Buchan St;
- Cairns North: Lake St / Upward St; Lake St / McKenzie St;
- Earlville: Balaclava Rd / Gordon St; Gordon St / Hoad St; Gordon St / Henley St;
- Edge Hill: Woodward St / Pease St / Collins Ave;
- Manunda: Birch St / English St; Gatton St / Brown St; Lennon St / Tills St / English St;
- Mooroobool: Kingsford St / Swallow St;
- Kanimbla: Ramsey Dr / McGregor St / Irene St; Ramsey Dr / Sailfish Cl / Teraglin St;
- Kewarra Beach: Discovery Dr / Moore Rd; Discovery Dr / Parkinson Ave / Sandalwood Ave; Paradise Palms Dr / Paradise Palms Resort Entrance; Paradise Palms Dr / Paradise Palms Dr; Paradise Palms Dr / Reed Dr / Boulevard North;
- Parramatta Park: Gatton St / Severin St; Martyn St / Grove St; Martyn St / Gatton St; Martyn St / Upward St;
- White Rock: Kowinka St / Skull Rd;
- Woree: Des Chalmers Dr / Charlotte Cl.
Eventually this treatment will be implemented on all single lane roundabouts within the Cairns region. Any new roundabouts will be marked and signed accordingly at the time of construction. Roundabout upgrades are prioritised based on crash history, vehicle volumes, number of heavy vehicles and cycle routes.
Taking the lane at single lane roundabouts
When approaching a multi-lane roundabout, cyclists are encouraged to use the off-road connection. This is the safest option for cyclists.
You will notice signage and a lane directing cyclists off the road, be sure to follow the connection to turn left, continue straight, or to turn right.
The following multi-lane roundabouts have been upgraded:
- Bungalow: Aumuller St / Scott St;
- Mt Sheridan: Forrest Gardens Blvd / George Cannon Dr / Murgatroyd Rd / Benjamina St;
- Redlynch: Redlynch Connector Rd / Redlynch Intake Rd / Shaws Rd.