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Roundabouts on Holman Highway 68 and elsewhere

Australian visitor Carey Beebe has biked to Carmel Bach Festival venues for 19 years, as of 2017. A world-renowned harpsichord maker, he is a very welcome figure here, as elsewhere, because of his expertise and reliability in faithfully tending to instruments—including for the Bach Fest, a HER Helmet Thursdays participant. Carey told Bicycling Monterey,  “The bike is much quicker, convenient, and much more fun for me than a car.” See “Bike to Bach, as Carey Beebe does,” to learn more and see Carey biking in Monterey County.

On July 15, 2017, this Aussie helpfully tweeted a reminder that some drivers don’t know how to properly (as in legally and safely) get about on roundabouts (e.g., the new Holman Highway 68 Roundabout).
Help get the word out. Share Roundabout Driving Tips,

such as those available on the Transportation Agency for Monterey County website.

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The information below was previously published in 2016 with some subsequent update.

Roundabouts help reduce traffic congestion, thereby reducing carbon emissions, travel time, stress levels, road rage, traffic collisions, and other negatives.

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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.

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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.
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:
  • Goals
  • Project History and Background Resources
  • Environmental Impacts Comparison
  • Public Outreach
  • Roundabout Design
  • Roundabout Signs and Navigation
  • Funding

Questions? Contact Ariana Green at ariana@tamcmonterey.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:

Background: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/livability-factsheet-modern-roundabouts.html
Fact sheet: http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/documents-2014/Livability%20Fact%20Sheets/AARPLivabilityFactSheet-Modern-Roundabouts-33116.pdf

Poster below was provided about the May 11 event, one of four scheduled by TAMC for May 2016 (see other dates above).

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This post was previously published May 9, 2016.

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