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Does Novato Have Too Many Stop Signs?

According to the city's website, there are 600 stop signs in Novato.

Does Novato have too many stop signs?
Does Novato have too many stop signs?
A reader posted a complaint on our Boards about a stop sign in his neighborhood that seems redundant, pointing out that the more stop-and-go cars have to do, the worse it is for the environment.

Stop signs in Novato are handled by the Streets & Drainage/Traffic Division, which falls under the Public Works/Maintenance Department.

This division, which has two staffers,  oversees the signal maintenance contract, fabricates and install regulatory, warning and other signs and handles street striping/messaging, among other duties, such as graffiti removal and emergency storm services.

According to the city's website, there are about 800 street name signs and 600 stop signs. Yearly 600 signs are repaired and replaced annually, 200 due to vandalism.  Each year 300 new signs are installed as required by the City Engineer or in response to new state and federal regulations.

The Traffic Division works closely with Novato Police to make sure its sign program enhances safety.

Have you noticed new stop signs that seem unnecessary? Patch will ask the city for more information about its stop sign policies, but in the meantime, tell us what you think in the comments below.


Al Nymous January 08, 2014 at 12:30 PM
The stop signs have been become a nuisance (at least to me) in the neighborhoods. The city has gone as far as putting a stop sign what used to be a yield on San Andreas / San Marin Dr, on Palmer dr. there are too many frequent stops (as I stated in my post), San Marin High is just ridiculous (if your teenager is unable to cross the street without getting hit, go ahead and spend the college money on something else). Vineyard to mill is another excessive stop, and I can keep going on with others. Are the signs put in for safety or more chances for the NPD to nail you for a moving violation? Whatever the excuse, Stop signs = smog, waste gas, wear and tear on vehicle parts.
Hopkin January 08, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Is it true that they will also be putting stop signs at Redwood @ Ranch Dr and South Novato Blvd @ Safeway center entrance?
Gram January 09, 2014 at 09:49 AM
If our blatantly rude and speeding drivers would slow down , we would not need so many stop signs. But in lieu of cops meeting out speeding tickets, this is one very effective way of slowing the savages down! And city engineers and law enforcement know this, or maybe we should all go back to driving school and learn some manners behind the wheel!
Hopkin January 09, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Gram, I bet 30% of the drivers on the road went to no driving school at all, with more than 10% having no valid DL and/or no insurance!
Al Nymous January 09, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Gram, nobody likes jerks on the road. But the only people who suffer is the people going to work, or coming home from work. They are trying to get wherever it is they need to be and having not to become jaded from the redundant stop signs because the sneaky snake in the grass motorcycle cops trying to increase "revenue" (BTW the only purpose of a bike cop is to write tickets) on rolling violations.
Al Nymous January 09, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Hopkin, our long term foreign visitors enjoy our streets by buying a very cheap car and driving it until they are pulled over and unable to provide license or insurance. Then because they get the car impounded and get to walk away, they just go buy another piece of junk car to drive having no reason to apply for a license. I've seen it.
Joanne Thompson January 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM
If this was true Novato would have put in a stop sign on Arthur @ Indian Valley Rd. There is always something going on at Novato High and there are so many cars turning onto Arthur that you can not turn left onto Indian Valley Rd. You have to pull out into the traffic in order to see the cars coming. The cars on Indian Valley Rd. come over a rise in the road at the last second. No one cares that a student might be hurt or worse killed!!!!!
Bubba six pack January 10, 2014 at 01:58 AM
How about a stop sign in front of the City Council's checkbook?
M. Manzano February 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM
If drivers in Marin were considerate enough to use turn signals and abide by other traffic laws, such as the right of way, cutting people off, and not playing with their gadgets while driving, then they can snivel about too many stop signs.

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