Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 4, 2019

In a roundabout way

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Otis traffic calming is on the agenda tonight but I wanted to talk about this bit that was in the long term improvement category both in the staff report and in the draft design:

Pending a successful grant application, the recommended long-term concept would install a roundabout at the Otis Drive/Grand Street intersection and would provide more protected spaces for people bicycling and walking.  The roundabout at Otis Drive/Grand Street is preferred over a signalized intersection with bulb-outs (“protected intersection”) because a roundabout would provide for more multimodal capacity that could flow through the intersection compared to a traffic signal; reduce the potential for broadside collisions; lower maintenance costs; and provide opportunities for green space and place making with an entry way feature.

Yes.  This. Would. Be. Great.

That intersection is, of course, the site of some notable collisions and one fatal one in recent memory.  A roundabout would help with traffic flow and stop the free right hand turn from Otis on to Grand that can be problematic during high pedestrian periods.

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There are is one intersection on Bay Farm which needs a roundabout probably more urgently than Grand and Otis.  You know which one I’m referring to: Mecartney and Island Drive.

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This has to be one of the most hostile intersections for anyone not in a car in Alameda.

There’s also this idiotic patch of roads:

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I’m sure there are others but those are the ones I came up with quickly because they are so terrible.

Edited to add intersections listed in the comments:

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6 Comments »

  1. The intersection of Gibbons, Central and Versailles is also a good candidate.

    Comment by Karen Manuel — June 4, 2019 @ 7:37 am

  2. Fernside, High and Gibbons is a disaster for bicyclists and pedestrians.

    Comment by marca — June 4, 2019 @ 9:22 am

  3. Obligatory relevant earworm!

    Comment by Rod — June 4, 2019 @ 10:35 am

  4. I’ve always felt roundabouts are much better than the tedium of signalized intersections and four-way stops

    Comment by Laura Thomas — June 4, 2019 @ 11:12 am

  5. The list of need is so long, but please add these…. Atlantic and Main, Main and Pacific, Lincoln and Marshall Way, the three-way at Central & Encinal at Morton St., every single everything along both Atlantic Ave. and Marina Village Parkway extending into the long list of traffic errors made at Alameda Landing and for that matter, mistakes not yet made at Alameda Point, and this but only scratches the surface. One can drive for hours and hours, over kilometers after kilometer in many countries around the world – which are way, way more dense than Alameda, and never hit a stop light or a stop sign. Roundabouts save lives, costly accidents says FHWA….see links found here from the city of Napa who is building three roundabouts https://www.cityofnapa.org/679/State-Route-29California-Boulevard-Round

    Comment by Randy Rentschler — June 4, 2019 @ 12:01 pm

  6. But are you worried the impact on the weather caused by roundabouts.

    https://www.phillyvoice.com/pennsylvania-traffic-circles-causing-tornadoes-weather-2019/

    Comment by Mike McMahon — June 11, 2019 @ 10:16 am


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