Bringing Roundabouts to Goleta, California

Today, the City of Goleta will be hosting an Open House to help drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians understand how to maneuver through a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Los Carneros and Calle Real. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the City of Goleta Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B.

According to Project Goleta… ‘This is a three leg intersection. The traffic control at this intersection had been a STOP on the minor leg (Calle Real) with unrestricted flow on the major leg (Los Carneros). An elevated concentration of side impact collisions at this intersection necessitated a change to a three way STOP to improve public safety. The Las Vegas/San Pedro Creek Culvert Replacment Project will require a full closure of the northbound Fairview Avenue on ramp to HWY 101 for at least a year, and a full closure of the southbound off ramp at Fairview Avenue for six months. At minimum, a temporary traffic signal would need to be installed to handle the additional traffic at the Los Carneros/Calle Real intersection created by the ramp closures. A roundabout is in keeping with the General Plans direction to install roundabouts instead of traffic signals where feasible.”

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3 Responses to Bringing Roundabouts to Goleta, California

  1. Jeff May 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Can’t believe we still need to educate the public still on how to drive. We have had a roundabout here in SB for almost 12 years, and despite all the harsh criticism and naysayers at the beginning, it has proved to be highly effective. We have a newer one that’s even better in Montecito ..and another going in soon. It is a great time to keep the ongoing education for cyclists as it is getting more and more popular to ride bikes.

  2. DrivingMsDaisy May 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Milpas roundabout has been an excellent improvement. The five-point, stop sign prior mess was the nightmare. Many voices said it would not work, but it has admirably. Driving through it now is a dream. Used to play “After You, Alphonse” with false stops and starts and heart-leaping terror when trying to get on the freeway from shopping down there.

  3. ScottB May 10, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Search http://www.iihs.org for FAQs and safety facts.
    The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHzly_6lWM ).

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