“The Magic Roundabout

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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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Mathematician at the University of Warwick in the UK with research interests in equivariant bifurcation theory and applications, especially in modelling of insect locomotion. Teaching interests include online learning and innovative teaching methods. Also in a past life has been involved in summer school courses, and online material, for Gifted and Talented. He has been active on the Internet since 1995, initially though his UFO and Michael Schenker website, but now through a multitude of projects.


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

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

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

  3. It’s actually surprisingly easy to use once you get used to it!

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

  5. Wouldn’t you love to have your driving test there?!

  6. 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.

  7. Just consider it a series of mini roundabouts and you’re fine.

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