Which is the worst roundabout in the region? Readers vote

November 17: READERS have voted in an online poll about the worst roundabouts in the region.

The poll was created after The Bulletin asked readers via Facebook to nominate the worst roundabouts.

Seven were nominated: Here are the regions 7 worst roundabouts

The poll attracted 170 votes in a week with Feez Street accumulating 70% of the votes.

November 4, Wednesday: READERS have asked The Bulletin to post information about road rules relating to roundabouts in Queensland.

The request has come after The Bulletin asked readers to nominate the worst roundabouts in the region, resulting in a list of seven worst roundabouts. Click here to see the list and vote in online poll for the worst of the seven.

Road rules using roundabouts in Queensland (source: Queensland Department of Main Roads and Transport)

Who gives way at a roundabout?

When approaching a roundabout you must give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.

In some cases on a multi-lane roundabout, it may be necessary to change lanes before exiting. If you are changing lanes you must give way to vehicles in the lane you are moving to.

When to turn off a multi-lane roundabout

You can position your car to be in the correct lane at a roundabout by looking for signs, lane markings and arrows when approaching the roundabout.

Unless traffic lane arrows indicate otherwise, if you want to:

  • turn left, use the left lane
  • turn right, use the right lane
  • go straight ahead, use either lane.

Turning left


A car approaches and then turns left at a roundabout

Turning left at a roundabout

  1. Position your vehicle in the left lane, unless arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  2. Use your left indicator as you approach and enter the roundabout.
  3. Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  4. Remain in the left lane as you complete your turn.
  5. Continue to use your left indicator as you exit the roundabout.
  6. Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.

Turning right or U-turns


A car approaches and then turns right at a roundabout. Another car makes a U-turn at a roundabout

Turning right or making a U-turn at a roundabout

  1. Position your vehicle in the right lane, unless arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  2. Use your right indicator as you approach and enter the roundabout.
  3. Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  4. Before exiting, use your left indicator and follow the exit lane marking.
  5. Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.

Never turn right from the left lane unless arrows on the road indicate that you can.

Going straight ahead


A car in the left lane approaches a roundabout and goes straight ahead, exiting the roundabout in the same left lane. Another car in the right hand lane approaches the roundabout and goes straight ahead, exiting in the same right hand lane

Going straight ahead through a roundabout

  1.  Position your vehicle in either lane unless the arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  2. There is no need to use your indicator until you are ready to exit the roundabout.
  3. Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  4. Before exiting, use your left indicator and follow the exit lane marking.
  5. Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.

Another way of looking at roundabouts

Turns that occur at roundabouts can be described by imagining the roundabout to be a clock face.

  • Any turn that exits the roundabout before 12 o'clock can be considered a left turn.
  • Any turn that exits the roundabout after 12 o'clock can be considered a right turn.
  • Straight ahead at a roundabout is taken to be at half-way around or at 12 o'clock.

View more video demonstrations and information about using roundabouts here: Department of Main Roads and Transport - Roundabouts 

Tuesday: YOU know you are a Rockhampton local if you have worked out the Feez St roundabout is a crazy set up.

But it's not just the set up of the roundabout that readers point out that is an issue - the motorists using the roundabout are also a hazard.

The Bulletin asked readers recently which roundabouts were the worst in the region.

Feez St, of course, was nominated by a number of readers, but it wasn't the only one driving people crazy.

Here is the list the top seven worst roundabouts in the region, according to readers:

1. Feez Street

Melissa Lee Smith says "... when driving straight through it on Moore's creek road and you drive in the left lane it seems to swing out too far as you drive around meanwhile the cars coming around to exit into fees street seem to catch-up too quickly and almost colliding. Not sure but that's how I feel so I always use the inside lane when driving straight through while travelling on moores creek road."

Tracey Spencer - Absolutely Feez street. This fool landed in my front yard.

Tracey Spencer - Absolutely Feez street. This fool landed in my front yard.
Tracey Spencer - Absolutely Feez street. This fool landed in my front yard.

2. Aquatic Place and High Street

Readers indicated motorists get confused as to which lane is going straight ahead and which is turning left.

3. Lawrie Street/ Old Capricorn Highway, Gracemere

"Lawrie St at Gracemere, if youre approaching it from John St NOBODY gives you right of way if you are on it first, stupid fools beep at you & go crazy, very frustrating as it's NOT intersection rules people, it's roundabout rules," Steve Armstrong says.

Which roundabout do you think is the worst in the Rockhampton region?

This poll ended on 06 November 2015.

Current Results

Feez Street

70%

Aquatic Place/High Street

8%

Lawrie Street/ Old Capricorn Highway, Gracemere

0%

Berserker/Kerrigan Streets

2%

Canning Street, Allenstown Shopping Centre

11%

Lawrie Street/Russell Street, Gracemere

5%

Denham and Canning Streets, Allenstown

1%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

4. Lawrie/ Russell Streets in Gracemere

Meeks Louise Connell says "Gracemere roundabouts for sure."

5. Canning Street, Allenstown Plaza entrance

Sammy Hill  says " Canning Street is awkward. All the roundabouts along that street get hectic around peak hours."

6.Canning/Denham Streets

Breanna Shields says this roundabout is impossible at certain times throughout the day.

7. Berserker/Kerrigan Streets

"Berserker/ Kerrigan Streets not getting any better... two fender benders on Saturday (24th October)...," Louise Goodger commented on The Bulletin's Facebook post.

Read more of the discussion here:

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