Frenchman pioneered concept of roundabouts

A sketch illustrating Hénard’s concept for a roundabout in Paris

Eugène Hénard's work has a lasting impact

The first roundabouts in Europe were put in place by a French architect to alleviate growing traffic congestion in Paris, most of it caused by horse drawn carriages rather than motorised vehicles. 

Eugène Hénard (1849-1923) was a French architect and a highly influential urban planner who devoted much of his life to finding solutions to growing traffic problem in his capital city. 


By 1906 there were an estimated 65,543 vehicles in ...

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