Doesn't like roundabout
Recently I sent the following letter to Chris Seppeler, of the county's Permit and Resource Management Department, who is taking comments on the roundabout planned for Arnold Drive at Agua Caliente Road.
I use the Arnold/Agua Caliente route fairly often. I find no more trouble with that intersection than with stop lights. It is faster than taking Highway 12 and going through the Springs.
On the occasion that I might need to go to Petaluma, I always have a roundabout to contend with over there.
Not using one regularly, sometimes I go a little more slowly to make sure I am yielding the right of way as required. And, I get honked at and feel like an idiot. Some drivers are used to these roundabouts and they move right along. Some of them get impatient with those not experienced, and they honk.
The Press Democrat ran an article March 1, titled, "Roundabout era over." I wonder why? The article explained that roundabouts were much maligned and caused contention, and that the circles confused some people. Also, safety was an issue with pedestrians. I would think bicyclists might be more at risk.
And here we are, getting very close to having at least one roundabout installed in Sonoma Valley. I have heard that is not the only one. Where are we, anyway, in London, or maybe New York?
I for one, do not like the idea. If people want to speed, they will do it no matter what kind of traffic calming device is put in their way.