Finally, somebody puts these godawful traffic circles to good use. This afternoon, while walking along Louisiana Street, I came upon someone running around the edifice to poor transportation planning at Meade. The Featured Image is the first of four shots—all taken from the hip, using Leica Q2.
The person could be identified from any of the other three captures; not having permission to publish, I chose the back view; besides, sun is more pronounced in this one compared to the others. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/1250 sec, 28mm; 2:23 p.m. PST; composed as shot.
Soon after I clicked the shutter for the last time, the person started down the sidewalk. Some minutes later, when walking West on Meade, I came upon the same runner going around the traffic circle at Alabama. What can I say? I felt a snarky satisfaction seeing someone stomp on “North Park” etched into a structure located in University Heights. Could an official in San Diego government explain that oddity, please?
I am a chronic complainer about these structures. My missives (in order of appearance):
- “Something Stinks Here“
- “Traffic Detours, Pandemic, and Makeshift Cul-De-Sacs“
- “Who Authorized This?“
- “The Traffic Circle of Unintended Consequences“
- “Before Meade’s Traffic Circles“
- “Accidents are Inevitable“
- “I Blame the Traffic Circles“
The so-called “traffic calming measures” are part of a new bikeway meant to encourage pedal-power over gas or electric motors. Based on the few bicycles I see on the route, the concept isn’t succeeding. Californians love their cars.