Did you know that the oldest roundabout in the world dates back to 1768?

The oldest roundabout in the world is in England

The Circus in Bath, British in 1768, is considered the oldest roundabout in the world. The Circus was not designed as a roundabout, but as a ring of prestigious mansions. Modern roundabouts as we know them today were first designed by the British Transport Research Laboratory in the 1960s.

Number of roundabouts in the Netherlands exploded

At the end of the nineties, the Netherlands had only about 1,500 roundabouts, currently there are more than 5,500. Most are located in built-up areas.

Keizer Karelplein in Nijmegen is dangerous

We used to call large roundabouts ’roundabouts’. Those driving on the square had to give way to traffic from the right. The Keizer Karelplein in Nijmegen is still a roundabout of the old school. It was named the most dangerous traffic location in the Netherlands in 2018. Nowadays, traffic on the roundabout usually has right of way, which is regulated by signs.

Roundabouts lead to fewer road casualties

According to the Institute for Road Safety Research, a roundabout leads to 46 percent fewer road casualties than an intersection. Roundabouts also ensure a better traffic flow, which reduces emissions and noise nuisance. Accidents at roundabouts are usually caused by lack of overview and confusion about the right of way rules. Especially if cyclists also come to the roundabout.

How to indicate direction on a roundabout

Only when you leave the roundabout are you obliged to indicate direction. Many driving instructors advise their students to flash left when they enter a roundabout if they want to go three quarters around. In some countries this is prohibited.

The turbo roundabout has been on the rise in recent years

Nowadays there are many types of roundabouts: the normal single-lane roundabout, the double or multi-lane roundabout and the oval ‘ovatonde’. The multi-lane turbo roundabout has been on the rise in recent years. Here you have to choose the correct lane before entering. This prevents cutting actions on the roundabout. Single-lane roundabouts in built-up areas are also called mini roundabouts.

Did you know that the oldest roundabout in the world dates back to 1768?

The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England

The most notorious roundabout in the world is the Magic Roundabout in Swindon (GB), built in 1972. It is one large roundabout whose five side branches each contain five mini roundabouts.

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