Today’s Headlines

  • Bill Allowing Extra Parking for Car-Share Gets Initial Approval From Board of Supes (KALW)
  • Transbay Planners Debate Downtown Extension Alignment for Caltrain and CAHSR (Green Caltrain)
  • Drivers Getting Used to Traffic Circle in the Richmond (People Behaving Badly)
  • Golden Gate Bridge District Starts Educating Drivers About All-Electronic Tolling (ABC Local)
  • Bike/Ped-Friendly Re-Design of San Pablo Ave. in East Bay Needs Funding (EBBC)
  • ParkSmart App Alerts Drivers About Street Sweeping Restrictions to Avoid Tickets (ABC Local)
  • Cycleicious: Bus Rapid Transit is the Real Solution to Curbing Traffic on El Camino Real
  • Developers Revising Plans for Empty Parking Lots on El Camino Real in Menlo Park (Almanac)
  • Curbed SF Shares the History Behind the Names of Some of SF’s Streets
  • Pittsburg Driver, 34, Dies After Crashing Into Tree (CoCo Times)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hil
  • oiseaux

    How do people not understand how to use traffic circles? I guess I was blessed by growing up in Seattle. I know how to go around a circular obstruction in the road. Whether on bike or in a vehicle, you simply go around the circle – on it’s right side.

    The end. Controversy over. 

    As an aside, traffic circles are wonderful! No need for stop signs when a traffic circle is at every intersection. The problem with the one in the Richmond? There’s only one. It’s pretty though. I rode past it shortly after they installed it. Now, if only SF can figure out that installing more is good. 🙂

  • oiseaux

    Also, another asideL The traffic circle in the Richmond is still not wide enough t actually calm the traffic. Small intersection + wide enough traffic circle = good.

  • Gneiss

    On the People Behaving Badly segment, once again it’s the traffic engineers rather than drivers who have messed this up.  It still amazes me how poorly our city traffic engineers (or their contractors) execute on simple US non-standard design elements like traffic circles.  Here are some things that they could learn by looking at how Europeans install these structures in urban streetscapes:

    1.  Create raised crossings with highly visible crosswalk paint at the crosswalk parts of the intersection *before* entry to the traffic circle.

    2.   Make the traffic circle wide enough so drivers are forced to make turning deviation that slows their speed down.

    3.  Place ‘Yield’ signs at all four corners, not have two way stop signs and no signage going the other way.

    For all the time and money we spend on our city employees, you’d think they’d be able to get this kind of stuff right the first time.

  • mikesonn

    This is the same reason the traffic circles “failed” on Page. Frustrating.