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Editor: One would think by now that city planning would have gotten the message.

None of the built or proposed traffic circles are worthwhile or beneficial for Petaluma taxpayers, financially, environmentally or logistically.

Traffic circles or roundabouts are expensive, restrictive and counter-productive. Traffic circles or roundabouts are dangerous, obstructive and certainly not "green."

Considering that almost no one in the area of East D and Wilson streets wants a traffic circle of any kind, why would the city offer to spend even more money on this ($50,000 for another study of the effects).

It is advised that those who are offering traffic circle/roundabout plans and related projects consider the real costs when Petaluma taxpayers are asking to kill these projects and remove the rest.

Since the city is on notice from 500-plus residents (by petition) and other area taxpayers, it is advised that the Petaluma city attorney discover what the costs are liable to be to 1) remove the various existing traffic circles, 2) defend the city from lawsuits resulting from these kinds of future plans and 3) possibly defend the city from potential traffic accident lawsuits resulting from these dangerous projects. (European traffic accident rates are twice as high at traffic circles or roundabouts as at controlled cross streets and three times as dangerous to bicyclists.)

How much has Petaluma city government spent on these counter-productive and dangerous installations to date? How many more of these dangerous, very expensive, very brown, environmentally destructive, real estate-intensive and property tax revenue-killing, ridiculous roundabouts are in the works? How much is it going to cost city and county taxpayers to kill these stupid projects? Perhaps that $50,000 should be spent on these questions.

Ed Karns, Petaluma

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