Wednesday, May 20, 2009

London in Circles

So one thing in this town that I really cannot wrap my mind around are the traffic circles, or should I say roundabouts! In most of the intersection around where were staying there are mini traffic circles that do not have the physical circular barrier separating one side of the circle from the other. So lets think about this one...
Usually the purpose of the traffic circle is to require people to slow down when entering an intersection. However, when the is no splitter island for drivers to maneuver around, they tend to just keep the same speed and drive clear through the roundabout. This makes the traffic circles mighty dangerous for unsuspecting pedestrians, which I am one of.
As we continued through the city, we increasingly became aware of the hazards of aimlessly wandering through the streets of good old London Town. The first hazard being the most obvious- the traffic runs in the opposite direction! However, the people of London were kind enough to post signs on the pavement that tell you which way to look.
The second, and possibly most threatening, of these traffic hazards is the rate at which the cars come speeding towards you with no intention of stopping. Thankfully, there is a zebra crossing on almost every block, which is basically the same as the white-stripped crosswalks we have back home. The pedestrian’s safe haven!
The third travel hazard in London is "the gap". When you ride the tube in London, there is a distinct distance between the platform and the train. Last year over 30 people were injured because of this gap. In an effort to prevent these injuries, Londoners have taken the time to make sure that everyone will "mind the gap" so as to not end up in a nasty predicament.

Thank you London!

So today we also saw the London Eye or the Millennium Wheel, which is a large Ferris wheel of over 443 feet (135 meters). The Wheel carries 32 passenger capsules, which each represent one of the London Boroughs. Since it's opening, this wheel has become one of the largest tourist attractions in London. The London eye is large enough to be seen from St James Park, which is approximately 8 miles away. Check out the wheel on Webcam.

1 comment:

  1. Pretty interesting Rachel. Remember to self edit though -- it's easy to just hit post on a blog, but you need to check and make sure everything is written correctly and where it needs to be. The first paragraph had some grammatical errors that are easily corrected if you double check the post.

    Again, I'm looking more for YOUR personality and how you FEEL about this stuff. What it makes you think, and how it relates to your personal journey.

    It is less an e-mail to a friend, and more a diary entry where you use the piece to sort out your thoughts on something, and also explain it to the rest of us.