Welcome to nomorecorners.wordpress.com, a site All About Roundabouts! We celebrate roundabouts (and traffic circles and rotaries and…well…you get the point) from every corner of the world.
The All About Roundabouts Society inducts seven roundabouts from around the world each year into its Ring of Honor. We recognize those circles that best let vehicles and pedestrians coexist with our Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe “Motopia” Award. Finally, we honor those individuals who played significant roles in roundabout history with the “Ring Leaders” Hall of Fame.
All About Roundabouts Society
Ring of Honor
🇫🇷 Place de Étoile (Star’s Plaza) – Paris, France
🇬🇧 Charles Cross – Plymouth, U.K.
🇬🇧 Holgate Windmill – Holgate, U.K.
🇬🇧 Sollershott Circus – Letchworth Garden City, U.K.
🇺🇸 Columbus Circle – New York City, NY, USA
🇨🇳 Oriental Pearl Tower – Shanghai, China
🇬🇧 Waterloo BFI IMAX – London, U.K.
🇩🇪 Der Große Stern (The Great Star) – Berlin, Germany
🇪🇸 Plaça d’Espanya (Plaza of Spain) – Barcelona, Spain
🇲🇽 La Estampida (The Stampede) – Guadalajara, Mexico
🇬🇧 Traffic Light Tree – London, U.K.
🇪🇸 Caminos – Canary Islands, Spain
🇲🇾 Putrajaya – Putrajaya, Malaysia
🇬🇧 Magic Roundabout – Swindon, U.K.
🇸🇬 Fountain of Wealth – Suntec City, Singapore
🇲🇽 Monumento a la Independencia (Angel of Independence) – Mexico City, Mexico
🇫🇷 Porte de Paris – Lille, France
🇵🇰 Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) – Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
🇪🇬 Tahrir Square (Liberation Square) – Cairo, Egypt
🇮🇳 The Charminar – Hyderabad, India
🇫🇷 Traveling – Pessac, France
🇬🇧 The Circus – Bath, Somerset, England
🇩🇪 Brautwiesenplatz – Görlitz, Germany
🇲🇾 The Putra Mosque – Putrajaya, Malaysia
🇧🇭 Lulu Roundabout (Roundabout of the Pearl) – Manama, Bahrain
🇺🇸 “Grace, Love and Joy” – Carmel, IN, USA
🇸🇦 “Five Hungry Horses” – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
🇬🇧 The Otford Duck Pond – Kent, England
Ring of Honor, Class of 2021 Inductee #1 (Awarded 9/19/21)
Ring of Honor, Class of 2021 Inductee #2 (Awarded 9/20/21)
Ring of Honor, Class of 2021 Inductee #3 (Awarded 9/21/21)
Ring of Honor, Class of 2021 Inductee #4 (Awarded 9/22/21)
Ring of Honor, Class of 2021 Inductee #5 (Awarded 9/23/21)
Ring of Honor, Class of 2021 Inductee #6 (Awarded 9/24/21)
Ring of Honor, Class of 2021 Inductee #7 (Awarded 9/25/21)
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe “Motopia” Award Winners
2017 🇨🇳 Oriental Pearl Tower – Shanghai, China
2018 🇳🇱 Hovenring – North Brabant, Netherlands
2019 🇨🇳 Rotunda do Istmo – Macau, China
2020 🇨🇴 Sporting Villa – Bogota, Colombia
2021 “Motopia” Award Winner (Awarded 9/25/21)
“Ring Leaders” Hall of Fame
2017 Inductee – William Eno: Eno proposed one of the first versions of today’s roundabouts or traffic circles, which he termed “the rotary or gyratory traffic system”. In his 1920 book, Eno recalled that “in 1903, the New York Police Department asked that a plan be suggested for Columbus Circle, where accidents were occurring almost daily. It was advised that vehicles should keep to the right, going around the circle in one direction instead of two. In 1905, the plan was put in operation…. In 1907, the system was put in operation at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but whether due to the suggestion sent them from New York or not is not clear.” Wiki
2018 Inductee – Eugène Hénard: Traffic circles, often with a civic monument in the center, have a long history. Until the growing traffic volume of the twentieth century forced the issue, there was no standard rule for moving round them. In 1897 Holroyd Smith in London proposed a “gyratory” traffic flow, with traffic going round the circle in a defined direction. Hénard proposed the same in Paris in 1903. Hénard called them carrefours à girations. The first test of the concept was with New York’s Columbus Circle, completed in 1905. In 1907 the concept was introduced in Paris in the Place de l’Étoile and Place de la Nation. Roundabouts were introduced in Britain and Germany soon after, and became more common in those countries than in France. People Pill
2019 Inductee – Frank Blackmore: He led the development of the offside priority rule at roundabouts – which overcame capacity and safety issues at such installations, greatly increasing their usefulness and popularity around the world – and subsequently also invented the mini roundabout. Wiki
2020 Inductee – Frederico Ressano Garcia: An even earlier implementation of Hénard’s “giratoire-boulevard” principal is indicated by the proposals for the reconstruction of Lisbon. Garcia, Hénard’s contemporary, proposed such a type of intersection in 1877 at the l‘École Impéreale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. This system was not inaugurated in Paris at the Arc de Triomphe, where twelve radial roads met, until 1907. Alternative Types of Roundabouts: An Informational Guide
“We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.”