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San Mateo Drive and Middle Avenue intersection

From: domainremoved <Giovanna>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:45:17 -0800

We live on Hoover Street, and use the San Mateo Drive intersection multiple times a day, primarily by bicycle and on foot. We use this crosswalk at least twice a day to go to and from Oak Knoll elementary with our young child who ride his own bicycle. This intersection lays along the "School Safety Route Boulevard" and as you know, this intersection is the last major crossing before San Mateo Drive turns into the bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting to Palo Alto. Consequently it is a very busy crossing, but a precarious one too.
Also my husband uses the bike bridge to go and come from work twice a day by bike.

Almost on a daily basis, We either witness or experience drivers along Middle avenue who either do not see or choose to ignore the pedestrian/bikers in the intersection, often exceeding the speed limit, and not stopping to let people across.

We frequently see school age children waiting and waiting for a chance to cross as cars kept on driving down the street, and cars using the bike shoulders to bypass other cars waiting to turn left or right onto San Mateo, which is frightening as these cars do not have a good view of the crossing ahead when they swerve around the waiting car ahead.
Between University Avenue and Olive Street, there aren't any other Stop signs, and many drivers take the opportunity to zoom down Middle Avenue. This is hugely problematic at San Mateo as many bikers are trying to get over from the bike lanes to turn left or right onto San Mateo (left to head to the Bike Bridge), which means bikers have to cross over the car lane to do so each time.

Another problem is that there is only one crosswalk on the western side of the intersection, but not on the eastern side, so bikers and pedestrians have to cross three sides of the street in order to go straight on San Mateo when they are coming from the Bike Bridge. The curve of the street at San Mateo is such, that cars coming down San Mateo from the north into the intersection have to make an abrupt stop when they see people walking across it. I do this twice daily after returning from Oak Knoll, and it is stressful.

In fact, the overall intersection is anxiety provoking to say the least - I have talked with many neighbors and friends who bike/walk through here, and several agree it is the least favorite part of their commute. If there would be some way to turn it into an intersection similar to the one at University Ave and Middle Ave (where there are four full crosswalks and stop signs all the way around), it would be amazing for our neighborhood, and would undoubtedly make the commute to both Oak Knoll and Hillview schools much safer for the kids.

I apologize if any of what I outlined is confusing, it's a bit difficult to describe on email.

Thank you again for your time and attention, I am deeply grateful.
Received on Tue Dec 01 2015 - 09:47:47 PST

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