Roundabouts were in vogue as sites for monuments and fountains long before the automobile arrived on the scene. Traffic traveled in all directions around the center islands until the introduction of the one-way, gyratory movement, an idea conceived independently in Britain, France and the United States about the turn of the century. This article presents a brief history of roundabouts in Britain. It begins in 1897, when Holroyd Smith presented the concept to the London County Council, citing Ludgate Circus as an intersection where gyratory traffic flow around a center island could be arranged.

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  • Pagination: p. 143-155
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  • Accession Number: 00603243
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1991 12:00AM