Posted by marilynch
Roundabouts! And the Holman Highway 68 Roundabout Project
Roundabouts help reduce traffic congestion, thereby reducing carbon emissions, travel time, stress levels, road rage, traffic collisions, and other negatives.
Although the Holman Highway / Highway 68 Roundabout can be expected to improve traffic conditions, during its construction traffic will be challenging, of course. Even if you don’t bike regularly, during that roundabout construction and at other peak traffic times, consider biking even partway to your destination; see bike-and-ride tips. Transportation Agency for Monterey County reports that the roundabout construction will pick up after August 21, 2016.
“If you’re driving during the peak morning hours and peak afternoon hours, it is definitely faster to use your bike, and probably walking, too,” Andrea Renny of the City of Monterey’s traffic and engineering department told KSBW in this 5/10/16 KSBW story about bike-to-work week, the Holman Highway /Highway 68 roundabout construction, and summer traffic.
Information below was previously published May 9, 2016. Scroll toward the end of this post to learn more about roundabouts.
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Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is hosting
free presentations and community forums on roundabouts:
For any updates or changes, check with TAMC.
May 11, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Forum 103.
May 16, 6 p.m. at Pacific Grove Community Center.
May 17, 6 p.m. at Carmel Council Chambers.
May 23, 6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church Sanctuary, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel.
Learn what the difference is between a roundabout and a traffic circle. Hear what factors engineers consider when evaluating whether or not a roundabout is right for a particular intersection.
Never biked or driven through a roundabout? A video presentation will show it’s easy!
Also provided will be information about the upcoming Holman Highway 68 Roundabout construction project. Follow that link to learn more on the TAMC website, including about:
- Project History and Background Resources
- Environmental Impacts Comparison
- Public Outreach
- Roundabout Design
- Roundabout Signs and Navigation
Questions? Contact Ariana Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-775-4403.
Back on July 6, 2010, I was one of the speakers at a Sustainable Pacific Grove meeting where another speaker that evening, Sean Houck, shared info about roundabouts. I learned a lot about their impact on carbon emissions and more.
Since then, I’ve biked and driven roundabouts in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties and love them!
Here are some resources on roundabouts shared with Bicycling Monterey by Seaside resident and a consulting traffic engineer, Bob Shanteau:
Fact sheet: http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/documents-2014/Livability%20Fact%20Sheets/AARPLivabilityFactSheet-Modern-Roundabouts-33116.pdf