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We had no idea what a bulbout was either until we read this notice. Another word added to our vocab...
The best example of bulb-outs are in the Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego along Fifth Avenue. The corners of the intersections there are round instead of the usual right angles.
What's going on with the traffic circle on Pomona? It wsa supposed to be temporary, pending a 6 month study, or seomthing like that, but in any event it's been ages since it went in. I have no problem if it is going to be permanent, but can we put in some concrete and landscaping so it LOOKS better?
I can't believe they are doing that in Coronado. We have these in Santa Barbara and they seem really dangerous. I don't get the point of them. They make people on foot closer to the traffic. Not sure why anyone thinks this is a good idea.
The City needs to look at the intersection of C and 4th as well. If not a bulb out a little more red curb would dramatically increase safety at that intersection.
Bulbs outs were one of the traffic calming measures the residents on the 3rd and 4th street working group requested over a decade ago. They have been used throughout Europe and North America as a way to remind drivers they are in a residential area. It shortens the distance the pedestrian has to cross on foot. It also gets the pedestrians out farther than parked cars making them more visable to the drivers. This causes drivers to automatically slow a little because they are not on a seemingly open highway.
The City of Coronado has adopted several other traffic calming measures: lowering the speed limit to 25 and narrowing the lanses on 3rd and 4th by allowing parking, to help slow traffic down on our 2 busiest streets. Residents on 3rd and 4th Street have stated that the trafic has slowed down somewhat since those measures were taken.
The roundabout is still in the Capital Improvement Plan to be made permanent. With the State disolving all Redevelopment Agencies, the possible funds for the project will have to be obtained elsewhere. If this is an important project to you and you would like it moved up in priorities, you can let the Council know when the CIP plan is reviewed at the next council meeting May 1.
Here's a pic of what a bulb-out looks like in case anyone wanted a visual aid. While on the topic of traffic, has the city ever considered painting "keep clear" in the cross section of Fourth and D, and E. During the afternoon hours, traffic gets backed up on Fourth and while the majority of motorists are aware and considerate of cross traffic, all it takes is one driver not paying attention and blocking the entire cross section, not allowing traffic to cross. Unfortunately, this seems to happen a lot.
It has been several months and the crews are still constructing these bulb outs. I would say it is moving at a snail's pace but I think snails would be done already. When is this project going to finish?
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