May 28, 2006

"The Magic Roundabout

Writing about web page http://www.swindonweb.com/life/lifemagi0.htm

No, not the kids program, or recent film, but today I had the misfortune to be driving through Swindon and came across this:

Magic Roundabout

What the hell?!

Took me by surprise, I can tell you! Apparently it's been around for 32 years and has seen over 14 serious accidents… and 80 "lesser accidents" whatever that means. There's whole websites dedicated to it… a bit of warning before you're on top of the bloody thing would have been nice though.

The funniest thing (!) was that as well as trying to work out what I was supposed to be doing I also had to dodge two cyclists who were just riding diagonally across the whole thing and ignoring any bit of white paint on the road that they could.


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  1. There's also one of those in Hemel Hempstead too…..

    The guy who designed them really wants shooting in my opinion!

    28 May 2006, 21:33

  2. Mathew Mannion

    Typical cyclists…

    28 May 2006, 22:34

  3. David Wood

    I like the way that A&E is prominently signposted!

    29 May 2006, 10:33

  4. It's actually surprisingly easy to use once you get used to it!

    29 May 2006, 17:31

  5. But how many of the people that use it are used to it?

    30 May 2006, 17:28

  6. Wouldn't you love to have your driving test there?!

    01 Jun 2006, 11:34

  7. I had heard of this on the local news once or twice, but now, after investigation, this thing is pure genius. How much fun!

    Oh and I apologise for those cyclists, like all road users some are good, some are bad. That reminds me though, I was stopped at some traffic lights the other day and some 'local lads' shouted: "Oi mate! You're on a bike, your supposed to be on the pavement, not in the road."
    With a confused look, I said that actually I was riding whats called a road bike, gave them 'the finger' and cycled off.

    06 Jun 2006, 21:44

  8. CRG

    Michael told me to say happy birthday for yesterday to Sofia. So happy birthday, Sofia!

    ~ CRG
    from the UMMF.

    11 Jun 2006, 11:55

  9. Just consider it a series of mini roundabouts and you're fine.

    17 Jun 2006, 18:43


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