Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Trapped in the Inside Lane

Anyone who has driven in Europe (or in a few cities in the eastern US) has encountered roundabouts. Call them what you will -- rotary, roundabout, traffic circle, ring-junction -- they confound most drivers who run into them the first time. Once you've driven a few, they are less of a problem (although I honestly cannot think what the inner lanes of roundabouts are for, really).

Still, this roundabout in Swindon, England, would confuse even the most roundabout-inured driver (Picture from the Urbanthought blog)

It's a huge roundabout with FIVE mini-roundabouts in it (which is actually called a Magic Roundabout). Someone was taking a serious amount of drugs when they designed this one!

It even has a Wikipedia entry describing the traffic patterns.

1 comment:

The Tiger said...

In general, I'm for roundabouts. But this is rather over the top!