I grew up in England where there are lots of roundabouts. I have always had a love-hate relationship with them as when I had driving lessons I had to navigate a 5 lane roundabout and I think it left me with long-term emotional scarring!
Then there were the complicated roundabouts where multiple roundabouts were connected to make a mega complicated roundabout that basically left you with a headache on exit and required instructional signs just to navigate them.
On the other hand, they have so much potential. Potential to ease traffic congestion and also potential to please and amuse so I appreciate that I can’t write them off as a disaster completely.
Although I grew up calling them roundabouts in the other English speaking counties they are known as traffic circles, road circles, rotaries, rotundas or islands. To me, they are always going to be roundabouts, even when they aren’t even round.
When I moved to the middle-east I had to learn to drive on the right-hand side of the road. I also had to get used to going round roundabouts in the wrong direction. This one still totally flaws me and I am not sure it is ever going to feel right. To me, a roundabout is a clockwise thing. It just feels strange and awkward going anticlockwise!
Ever since I moved to Israel I have been fascinated by the planning that goes into roundabouts. Much of the Israel road network has a very much ‘thrown together’ feeling but when it comes to roundabout there seems to be some serious thought going on.
Here are some of the wonderful roundabouts that I have photographed recently.
There are simple roundabouts with fantastic trees and landscaping throughout the country. This one is Modi’in.
This wonderful musical roundabout is my favourite roundabout in Modi’in. It is a favourite for many locals too.
This is another roundabout in Modi’in. It is a very relaxing bird themed roundabout. One of the reasons it is liked is that actually, it is very much not round at all. It is really an ovalabout or perhaps even an ovalishabout.
In the city of Holon I found this pomegranate roundabout. I found this rather random and had to stop to take the photograph.
Of all the roundabouts I have seen so far, some famous and some less famous my favourite has been this one. It made me smile the moment that it came into view and it kept me smiling for some miles afterwards. I found it in Rosh HaAyin.
Lastly, for the geeks among us I found this one in Holon.
I feel that there are probably lots more interesting roundabouts for me to find so I will keep looking and perhaps share some more photographs in the future.
Which is your favourite roundabout and why? Do let me know in the comments.