Traffic circles (aka “roundabouts”) aren’t nearly as popular here in the U.S. as they are in the UK and other European cities. WIRED takes a look at the seemingly insane 7-circle Swindon roundabout, and how it manages to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
The always compelling CGP Grey looks at the behaviors underlying traffic patterns, such as city gridlock and highway traffic jams. He provides some simple things we can do to reduce the problem, but his ultimate fix would require a far more dramatic change.
If you live in any major U.S. city, traffic is an everyday part of life. But any time you feel the road rage boiling over, just think about this video of a major traffic jam in Beijing, and you might feel just a little better about the slowdowns you encounter on a daily basis.