The state transportation commissioner is offering some guidance for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to navigate roundabouts in the Binghamton area.

Acting commissioner Paul Karas said roundabouts improve intersection safety and reduce vehicle emissions.

Roundabouts result in less severe crashes and reduce the risk of deadly head-on collisions.

In a news release, Karas reminded drivers to pay attention to signs and pavement markings before entering a roundabout. Motorists should not change lanes inside a roundabout.

Bicyclists may ride within a roundabout following the flow of traffic. Pedestrians should use crosswalks and only cross one direction of traffic at a time. They should not walk to the center of the roundabout.

More information about roundabouts is available online from the state Department of Transportation.

There currently are roundabouts on Route 201 in Johnson City and on Court Street in Binghamton.

Additional roundabouts may be constructed as part of the Binghamton Route 363 Gateway Project.

A pedestrian crosses Chenango Street outside the designated crosswalk at Binghamton's downtown roundabout. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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