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Round and round the mulberry bush


I was in Europe over the summer and one of the things I enjoyed was driving through the roundabouts. I love roundabouts! Or traffic circles, if you prefer (but I don’t). I believe they are more fuel efficient, safer and a less polluting option than four-way stops and other intersections.

The logic goes - because drivers aren’t stopping, less vehicle emissions are produced. When a constant speed is maintained, there is no spike in emissions due to stopping and starting. Higher fuel efficiency is therefore attained – and in the city too! With the vehicle already running, engine noise is rather lower than starting from a complete stop. No doubt this would be appreciated by homeowners!

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