Inselkopf in English?

Hi, what do you call an ‘Inselkopf’ in English? Here some images: Inselköpfe

Many thanks,

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It seems to me that some of those pictures would be called ‘traffic islands’. And the pictures of ‘Inselstein’ seem to be just an island in the middle of a lake for example. So ‘Inselstein’ could just be ‘island’ and ‘Inselkopf’ traffic island?

Hi Holly,

I think the “Inselkopf” is the top part of a traffic island, its surface. So maybe, we can call it ‘island head’ or ‘island top’, or ‘island surface’?[YSaerTTEW443543]

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Hi Torsten,

Ok great, I’ll go with ‘island surface’.


Since it’s clear from the context what kind of island we are talking about ‘island surface’ seems the most logical expression to me too so we should go for it…[YSaerTTEW443543]

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It really depends whether you mean

Traffic Island
South Seas Island …etc

From the Google link I see several possible contexts.

Hi Rob,

Many thanks for your suggestions. As Holly said in her post we are talking about traffic islands.

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How about Kerb? or do you actually mean the whole surface?

I think ‘kerb’ would be a bit too general. I like ‘island surface’ more. What is your take on that?[YSaerTTEW443543]

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Kerb would refer specifically to the edge of the traffic island, where for instance one would stand … or where the road meets the island.

If you actually mean the WHOLE surface of the traffic island …

“surface of the traffic island” or “traffic island surface”

would be much better.

To compound the above excessively could cause confusion.

Others could be

traffic island paving
traffic island walkway