New OB Rag Poll: What do you think about a “round-about” at West Pt Loma and Bacon?

by on November 24, 2014 · 8 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach

The OB Rag has a brand new poll – begun today, Nov. 24 – on the City installing a “round-about” at the intersection at West Pt Loma and Bacon Street. Please take a look at it and tell us where  you’re at about the issue.   The poll is on the home page.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

obbro November 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I think round-abouts are a pain in the rear and would be confusing to many.
Smarter would have been to have an entrance/exit to Robb Field elsewhere so all those sports visitors wouldn’t have to drive down WPL creating headaches for us locs. Of course that would make too much sense. How about making the intersection a 4 way stop as opposed to the 5 way it is now and requiring any of the large sporting events to hire people to control traffic as they did a few times last Summer?

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Blake November 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

A roundabout would work really well there…
…so would people using their turn signals

Please make sure to get the signage right because non-OBcians coming to play soccer at Robb Field won’t intuitively know how to use it. Americans simply aren’t use to them.

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UNwashedWallmartTHONG November 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Due to the ubiquitous cell phone people now experience a dearth of knowledge regarding clockwise & counter-clockwise.
Perhaps a round-about is a good idea; for the center we could design & build a memorial to all those who have died of prostate cancer. How about two spheres & an obelisk?

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obracer November 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

Create an entrance to Robb Field at the three way intersection already controlled by a traffic signal at the end of Hwy 8. Cal Trans money perhaps ?
Use city funds for a new lifeguard station in O.B.

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Geoff Page Geoff Page November 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

Roundabouts are used for two basic reasons. One is to slow traffic and the other is to avoid the cost of a signal. I drove through many of these in New Zealand and did not much care for them. But, some of my problem was having to drive on the left side of the road, which made the experience even harder. We don’t need to slow traffic and a signal isn’t necessary. The four way stop has worked fine for me for many years, I don’t see the point.

One big problem with roundabouts is that it leaves when to enter traffic to the discretion of the driver. Some drivers will have no patience and will not wait to enter when they should. On a busy day with traffic backed up on West Pt. Loma and from Robb Field, I predict chaos with a roundabout. The suggestions for a new entrance to Robb field are the best solution by far.

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michael-leonard November 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

Either Bacon or Cable (but please not both) are great candidates for a circle.
And if OBcians and Americans really are too dumb to use them, then they’re also too dumb to drive. Or be allowed to vote.

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John Anderson November 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

Would love to see roundabouts in OB (and throughout the city). They are more efficient than 4 way stops and are much, much safer in regard to the most serious type of collisions – head ons and T bones from left turns.

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/mythbusters-roundabouts-vs-4-way-stop-intersection-which-more-efficient-video.html

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Vincent Michel November 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Roundabouts have incredible benefits:
– they increase the flow of traffic substantially
– they reduce accidents dramatically
– they improve gas mileage
– they limit pollution
– they are least costly to maintain
– no more left turns
– basically they are a no-brainer

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