A modest proposal

Traffic island at Ag. Riganaki ?

Traffic island at Ag. Riganaki ?

[The fantasy enlarges with a click]

For years, or at least since the covering of river “Prasorema” and the widening of the Agios Riganaki intersection, a mild vehicular anarchy has reigned at that location. The addition of a few thousand extra (confused, lost) vehicles in summer worsens the situation enough to warrant this suggestion for a few minor adjustments.

The plan presented here would be to erect a carefully placed traffic island in the middle of the intersection (shown in pink). As the illustration shows, the traffic patterns would remain basically the same. The sadly useless and ignored STOP sign would be moved further toward the intersection (yellow line) where stopped drivers could actually SEE left toward the Stafilos road and right onto to the Periferiako.

Drivers from Stafilos and the Periferiako have the right of way to continue straight or, traffic permitting, turn onto the super wide boulevard to the port. This pattern would remain as would the thought that drivers from the port would stop before turning right to the Periferiako or left toward Stafylos

Among the current problems is the failure of many (most?) drivers coming from Stafilos to use turn signals when intending a right turn onto the port road. This leads to confusion among drivers approaching the intersection from the Periferiako (who generally do use their turn signals). One solution, which seems to have developed spontaneously, is that careful drivers coming from Stafylos are using their LEFT turn signal briefly to let oncoming drivers know that they intend to continue straight on. Funny.

The only difficulty I can see with this rough plan for a traffic island is the difficulty that Apostolos Goumas might have negotiating the left turn from the Periferiako to the port road with his super-long freight transporter.


4 thoughts on “A modest proposal

  1. I’ve been suggesting for an island there for years, even before the traffic became so heavy with the various haulage vehicles of building suppliers. When discussing it in the past in detail with someone who used to work in the municipality it was pointed to me that the island would simply be ignored; as issues of crash helmets, seat belts and other safety factors are ignored. – and accidents would occur as a result of the island..

    Another historical issue is the seniority of the roads. For example the periferiakos dromos is younger in seniority than the Stafylos road and at the T junction traffic coming from there is indicated to stop. On the road junction leading to and from Limnonari straight on, and Petradakia/ Skopelos town turn left/right depending whichever direction you are coming from. There, although it is a newer road, the Petradakia way is gaining in precedence especially as recently aided by the flood damage which made the Agnondas way impassable.

    What amuzes me is the situation of the no through road to the Kastro parking, In seniority this is older .than the periferiakos, leading up into the hills and far away. Many times I noted that traffic coming from up above, or from the direction of the town would stop to give way to traffic coming from the car park

  2. S. Your thoughts are very much appreciated though I’m a little confused about a couple of your comments.

    1. If a traffic island was narrow and long enough one could not simply ignore it.
    If the municipality sees this intersection as a problem, then they should do a proper study and act on the results. If a traffic island would improve chances of a smooth and safe flow of traffic then it should be done.

    The plan for the widening of the road from the T-Junction to the port should have included a special section on traffic control, which apparently it did not.

    I think that the municipality should lead on road safety instead of concluding beforehand how a few locals might behave.

    2. Where is Petradakia? Your description of the Limnonari road junction is confusing. Do you mean the junction at Episkopi with its sad and forlorn STOP sign?

    3. I’m not sure how seniority of roads plays a part in this subject. There was a time when there were only footpaths on the island and mules were the BMWs of their day. There was no Periferiako once upon a time nor a highway to Glossa.
    Times have changed and so have modes of transport and people can and have adjusted.

    All of Sweden switched from driving on the left side to the right side on 3 September 1967. It took a lot of preparation but they did it.
    see… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagen_H

    Surely something a simple as encouraging drivers to follow the basic traffic code could be accomplished here?

    • Very valid comments Tom. Sadly I can only enlighten you on the subject of Πετραδάκια (Petradakia). Having turned off the coastal road where the fire brigade keeps its watch and driving towards the heliport, Ag Riginos and Skopelos town passing the Episcopy, it is the section of the area you drive along before you approach the area the council parks its vehicles and uses for storage of various matter. In that area you might have noted the symmetrical, almost carved into quadrant blocks stones along the road. These, hardly pebbles, have given the area the name Πετραδάκια.

      On the seniority of the roads the mule tracks, or sections of them were turned into dirt roads, which albeit driveable were nevertheless secondary roads, unlike the coastal road, which was planned and constructed. Glisteri and Limnonari not so long ago were serviced by shuttle boat service and the dirt tracks leading to them were impassable by cars.

      Organisation in the Scandinavian countries is unbeatable and incomparible to the Southern European standards, except unfortunately in the matter of the current European crisis of the refugee flow to which no one knows an answer. .

      On occasions it has stood me in good stead when the harbour police or the general police blows their whistles to ward off illegally parked drivers of the dangers of fines. ……and when I complained that 12 year old children drive around the Kastro on motor bikes and without a helmet I was told that as long as living memory goes there were always children driving a motor bike at the Kastro area ………

  3. Noticed, yesterday, the number of ‘dumped’, number-plateless cars along your ‘super-wide boulevard’ , Tom! Those indents, parked cars, waiting cars, and cars dropping off or picking up, then pulling out onto the ‘boulevard’ certainly don’t help ease congestion, especially around the ‘island’ area. Wouldn’t it be lovely to get it all sorted out!

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