WHEN TO YIELD
I AM a cyclist (and motorist) of 71 years age and when I do use the road I’ve survived by being very cautious and defensive, using most of the rules that you suggest in your Editorial (November 7).
I say “most” because there is a significant error in the editorial when you say “cyclists need to…. give way to the right at roundabouts”.
Having used roads all over the world, including the birthplace of the roundabout in UK and Europe, I must say that this reflects a common misunderstanding by many road users in WA and is quite wrong; indeed defeats the whole purpose of roundabouts.
The principle is quite clear that one does not yield either to traffic on the right or left per se, but to traffic already on the roundabout which could be on either side of you when you reach the entry to it.
The WA Department of Transport Road Rules say “At a roundabout, YOU must: give way to all traffic already on the roundabout; enter only when there is an adequate and safe gap in the traffic.” BOB TROTTER Swanbourne