Got it right on roundabouts, but metered parking? | SierraSun.com

Got it right on roundabouts, but metered parking?

Jamie Bate

The doom and gloom predicted for Truckee’s dual roundabouts hasn’t materialized. In fact, the town, the contractor and Caltrans were quick to work out an early glitch when they widened one of the lanes in the north-side roundabout after more than a few people said it was a bad design.Granted, the big President’s Day weekend and the possibility of 18 inches of snow over a day or two are still ahead, but after observing the roundabouts at work during the MLK Day holiday I didn’t see any of the havoc that the prognosticators said would occur. (I did see the bumper-to-bumper mess further south on Highway 89, but that’s another story – and road project: Four lanes to Alpine, anyone? I doubt it.)So, in my humble opinion, kudos to the brains who got the roundabouts rolling. It was an idea that managed to navigate the bureaucracy even though there are a few drivers out there who can’t seem to navigate the circles.All that back-patting leads me to another town-induced topic: paid parking. Personally, the parking uproar doesn’t rankle me as much as, say, being told to pay $24 to license my dog (and he doesn’t even drive downtown). But the whole issue has made more than a few people frustrated and feed up. According to our very unscientific Web poll at sierrasun.com, in about a week more than 240 people took the time to voice their opinion about the paid parking in downtown Truckee, and the overwhelming majority said, “End the program because it was just a bad idea.”Whether the brains behind paid parking can or will even consider such a notion is probably better left to the prognosticators to ponder, but more than a few people wish the whole idea would just be scuttled.Check out the Sierra Sun’s online poll to see the comments.Jamie Bate is editor of the Sierra Sun. Reach him at jbate@sierrasun.com.