The Roundabouts in Mallorca…
Are they necessary?…Do they really regulate city traffic?…Are they artwork?…Did not squander the mayors of the towns of Mallorca taxpayer money?…
In fact, there are many versions, but is not the purpose of this article to go into debates about whether they are practical or not, we leave this in the hands of the right people…but if any of you are circulating in La Puebla, runs along the ring route that bypass the village, count the number of existing roundabouts and watching traffic…then you reach your own conclusions about the exaggerated desire for notoriety triumphalism of politician with the money of others… not with the money from their pocket, of course.
“Roundabouts emerged to regulate traffic. They are an invention of the French.” A good example was in Paris, Place de l’Etoile, now known as the Place Charles de Gaulle, for some experts, the mother of all roundabouts. In 1906, in Paris there were registered 9.619 private cars, 15.775 freight vehicles drawn by animals, 2.572 public cars (like buses and trams), 33.500 cars of all kinds for trade, 4.077 hand trucks and other vehicles influence traffic in addition to the approximately 165,800 cycles. To all this potential traffic in the city must be added those vehicles from outside, other provinces or abroad, whose count seems impossible, but it is very clear which one was the objective of building roundabout, and in 1907, Eugène Hènard build the first roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Nation.Eighteen years later, in 1925, the first English roundabout appears on Aldwych, in central London, following the principles enunciated by Eugène Hénard and for the same reasons, the exaggerated increase in urban traffic.
Now, the politicians in Mallorca and many other majors of Spain cities should give a logical reason for this “self-promotion”…with the money of others and, without knowing what it is or apply Kimber formula, the formula used for the construction of roundabouts in order to regulate the traffic.
In Spain, the introduction of roundabouts impact was not excessive during the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975) and the few roundabouts dating from that era are adaptations of urban intersections that already had a monument, other obstacle or central plaza where the traffic was already bound in rotation. The first attempt to introduce this type of intersection in our country dates from 1974, in which the 5th Regional Headquarters Road studying the Arterial Metropolitan Net in Barcelona (Catalonia), which raised about 50 roundabouts sizeable to improve the flow ability of a traffic increase, which ultimately were never built. The first modern roundabout in Spain governed by the priority of the ring was built in Palmanova (Mallorca) in 1976, within the period of democratic transition and overall tourism development.
In 1978 just had a few roundabouts in Spain but according to the last posting of 2008, there were over 25.000 roundabouts, some of which have little traffic and no reason at all to be constructed, but they are nice with taxpayer money. During the past 15 years has appeared a movement by the mayors of different towns from Spain, “the rotondismo” (roundabout fever).
The rotondismo sculpture is the most important movement in the history of Spain since the Roman occupation. This social phenomenon, from the mayors of Spanish cities, includes thousands of sculptures crowning roundabouts that can see in our country roads. The rotondismo is linked to the boom of the brick, the culture of the pitch and cronyism between suppliers-customers from the municipalities, sculpture roundabout is now the equivalent thereof Rome ruins left.
The Rotondismo, regardless of the political color of the government staff, also has more critics than admirers. “Roundabouts have become a business for builders and a means of self-promotion for politicians”, “confluence of interests” of authorities, builders (there are those who offer to trim included), media and artists have finished by converting “panacea of a landscape that is standardized and impoverishes”…now in many places cannot be maintained because of high maintenance costs…The Rotondismo no longer “a plague and a waste”…although it will not say so no politician, builder buddy or sculptor.
The important thing in all this artistic movement developed by Spanish politicians is crowned with monuments roundabouts or traffic circles, that is, custom sculptures off the endless roundabouts that have mushroomed throughout the Spanish geography. There are roundabouts that are true wonders of art, amazing, before which you have to stop and look. Also must have developed the peculiar aesthetic criteria of the Spaniards who have paid the “hobby” of politicians and there across the country thousands of roundabouts called “The Cunt Roundabout? (La Rotonda del Coño)… because the most common expression of the Spaniards when we see “certain” things, has always been “What the cunt is that?”.
However, we must say that we all look, for better or worse, and are part of the landscape of Mallorca, you will see them quite often if you visit us because you will pass by them. In Mallorca, some people are proud of them, you can imagine who, others would destroy them, and among our visitors annually, sure will be with both opinions. What we will do, once explained a bit like roundabouts emerged and that is the Spanish rotondismo, will be making pictures to place in our Flirck Channel, so that if you as a visitor has seen some and want to know a little more about them, you can find.