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When it comes to epic rivalries, it s
not often that Port-of-Spain finds
itself matched up against Putrajaya,
Malaysia, a city of 68,000 people just
south of Kuala Lumpur.
But for years, the two cities have
been butting heads in a little-known
campaign to lay claim to a very bizarre
international recognition: the world s
largest traffic roundabout.
In Port-of-Spain, at least, it s always
been a fishy assertion, a rumour repeat-
ed so often and in so many places that
it becomes an accepted part of local
mythology: the roads surrounding
Queen s Park Savannah, locals say, make
up the largest traffic roundabout in any
city on the planet.
"I m not sure where the claim came
from. We never claimed it to be true,"
said Dr Trevor Townsend, senior lec-
turer in transportation engineering at
the University of the West Indies, and
one of the engineers who made the
controversial decision to turn the savan-
nah s surrounding streets into a one-
way ring road 35 years ago.
"I guess these things happen in folk-
It s a claim that has been repeated
in all manner of literature: travel guides,
tourism blogs, and even in a Facebook
post by the T&T Government itself.
Citizens for Conservation T&T, a con-
servation advocacy group, names the
savannah as the world s largest round-
about on their Web site, and attributes
that fact to the Guinness World
Records---though the Guinness World
Records online database makes no men-
tion of any distinction for largest
"roundabout," "rotary," or "traffic circle."
The company did not respond to mul-
tiple requests for comment.
And with its 3.7 km circumference,
according to the Web site MapMyRun,
the savannah does indeed seem like a
pretty sizeable roundabout.
The problem: Malaysia says it has
the world s largest traffic roundabout,
too. It s an oval-shaped road in the
centre of the city, known as the Per-
siaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz
Shah. (Perhaps Malaysia can win the
award for the world s longest round-
The "largest traffic circle" moniker
has been ballyhooed by Malaysian gov-
ernment officials on Twitter, and it s
been publicised on the tourism blog
Expat Go Malaysia, as well as several
automotive news Web sites.
Officials in Putrajaya s city planning
department did not return requests for
Here s the thing: the savannah def-
initely has a larger circumference, if
only by a little. The Putrajaya traffic
circle is 3.4 km, just a few hundred
metres shy of the savannah s perimeter,
according to MayMyRun.
But others suggest that the savannah,
with its strange L shape, should not
really count as a roundabout at all.
Putrajaya s perfectly oval-shaped thor-
oughfare should earn the title by default,
they say, if only because it is as round
as the name suggests.
US traffic engineer shocked
over claims for 'largest traffic
But one expert, US-based traffic
engineer Mark Johnson said he s
shocked that either city would promote
the "world s largest traffic roundabout"
title at all.
"It s typically not something someone
would want to claim," Johnson said.
Johnson, who specialises in the
T&T rivals Malaysia
...Queen's Park Savannah contends
for world's largest traffic roundabout
The Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah roundabout in Malaysia.
In Port-of-Spain, at
least, it's always been a
fishy assertion, a ru-
mour repeated so often
and in so many places
that it becomes an ac-
cepted part of local
mythology: the roads
Park Savannah, locals
say, make up the largest
traffic roundabout in
any city on the planet.
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