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I am surprised this hasn't been posted

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/8404734/Britains-best-and-worst-roundabouts-sought.html
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Britain's best (and worst) roundabouts sought
Do you drive around them without a care in the world, or curse each time they come into view? Now's your chance to sound off about roundabouts, good or bad.
http://www.centralcontracts.com/news/what-are-the-uks-best-and-worst-roundabouts-vote-for-your-roundabout-idol-4462
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Re: I am surprised this hasn't been posted

How about Swindon
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Re: I am surprised this hasn't been posted

Its great is the Magic Roundabout, you can go the wrong way, that is anti-clockwise, around the large center cricle.Wink
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Re: I am surprised this hasn't been posted

Or the Hemel Hempstead also known locally as the Magic Roundabout.
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Hope you don't mind Jim but, does the UK have the greatest number of roundabouts?
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Re: I am surprised this hasn't been posted

you dont see many on continental Europe
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Re: I am surprised this hasn't been posted

and very few indeed in the USA
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Can only remember seeing one in Tauranga New Zealand but, there may be more in Auckland (where I have spent very little time)
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Certainly extremely rare in Vancouver and a good friend who lives over there tells me the thing he dreads most about driving over here, when he visits are the roundabouts.
Brook Hill roundabout in Sheffield, a junction of the busy A61 and A57 can be a nightmare at most times but the worst part about it in my opinion are the pedestrian crossings at each exit causing traffic to back up onto the roundabout...not a great idea.
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A book of UK roundabouts here  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roundabouts-Great-Britain-Kevin-Beresford/dp/1843308541/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&q...
But it is £143. Which is a bit excessive for a coffee table book...
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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Re: I am surprised this hasn't been posted

I think there was a recent "Road safety" report on different types of road junction, and the roundabout was the safest to negotiate, because of the "angle of approach" enabled the driver to judge speed an distance much better than cross roads or joining from a side road to a main road.
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we all seem to have bad memories
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Modern roundabouts are particularly common in Australia, People's Republic of China, Malaysia, Iceland, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Ireland, Morocco, New Zealand, Qatar, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Half of the world's roundabouts are in France (over 30,000 as of 200Cool.[5] The first modern roundabout in the United States was constructed in Summerlin, Nevada in 1990,[and roundabouts have since become increasingly common in North America.

from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout
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@strat Do you remember the experiment with Brook Hill roundabout in the 70s? Like the one in Swindon, it had mini-roundabouts at each junction and a large roundabout in the centre. You could travel round the 'outer ring' clockwise and the 'inner ring' counter-clockwise. I don't think it lasted more than a couple of weeks, if that.
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Re: I am surprised this hasn't been posted

Jim's right, there are very few in the US.  You do see some on private estates but I know of only one on public roads.
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