Got a better look of the new roundabout at the intersection of Harrison, Jischke, and Nimitz. Â there is still much landscaping and sidewalk work to do, but the roadway is already in action.
On the north side of Harrison, I saw what may become about a block of mulit-use path between the roadway and the sidewalk. Â If I am correct, I wonder what will happen where the path meets the roundabout. Â It seems that local planners and engineers don’t really think about the places where paths and roads intersect – probably the most dangerous portion. Â Although, every place where the path crosses a driveway or entrance is sketchy as well. Â A couple of reasons why I usually prefer the vehicular cycling approach.
My left turn from SR26 to Newman Road is a difficult part of my commute home. Â I usually ride on the shoulder of the highway (pictured right) until I get to the intersection if I can’t merge left earlier. Â Then, I am likely to end up waiting on the side of the road for a chance to dart across. Â However, lately I’ve been using the temporary bypass built for the construction zone (pictured left). Â Since it isn’t in use by autos and trucks, it is fairly safe for me. Â But with the same problem trying to turn left from the highway, I instead end up waiting in the church’s driveway.
Another problem with this approach is that on the other end I have to merge back onto Newman Rd. Â Today, after checking the highway traffic for turn signals and seeing none, I rode onto the road, only to be honked at by a startled motorist who had neglected to use his signal. Â Not sure who was at fault there, but I’m only going to accept part of the blame for this near-accident. Â (I hate the term “near-miss”).