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Speedsters and Stop signs on Gilbert Av.

From: domainremoved <EDUARDO>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 22:25:28 -0800

Jim Wiley mentioned that he had sent mail on the topic of cross traffic in The Willows. I fully agree with his concerns but this mail focuses on a subset of that problem.

We have lived on Gilbert Avenue, in The Willows, since 1998. The Willows has significant cross-traffic but Gilbert Av in particular has its own set of additional problems as it is one of the key streets in / out of The Willows and its a long straight stretch with only one Stop sign at Marmona.

Traffic has been getting worse over the last few years as there are more offices in downtown Palo Alto. We also have new families with young children, the GAIS recently reopened, and there is a new school scheduled for Oak Court. Gilbert also gets quite a bit of bicycle traffic, some from school and some going to work; actually Gilbert, and the segment of Pope connecting to it from Palo Alto, is listed as a bicycle boulevard at http://menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/7986 <http://menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/7986>.

Some of the issues I’ve seen on Gilbert include:

Regular speedsters: a bit or some over the speed limit
Dangerous speedsters that become impatient and will overtake, on the left, “slower” drivers. Recently i saw somebody overtake another for a couple of blocks driving at least at 45mph.
Impact of fast traffic / impatient traffic on children biking to/from school and adults biking to/from work.
Almost hits on intersections (Gilbert and Pope, Gilbert and Central, Gilbert and Laurel): drivers that are not looking; drivers / pedestrians that think its a four-way stop.
Driving through the stop sign at Marmona and Gilbert - people can just miss it altogether.
Hard / dangerous to cross Gilbert during commute hours. The flow of traffic can be continuous at that time and its hard to cross the street
Hard / dangerous to exit our driveway during commute hours.

The topic of speeding at Gilbert came up in a recent online conversations and two of the options mentioned were speed bumps (tables, slots, etc), and Stop signs.

Stop signs seems the simplest, most obvious solution to try first. What is the process for requesting new Stop signs on a Menlo Park street? I’d like to share that information with the people in the online forum.

Thanks very much

    - Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart
Received on Tue Dec 01 2015 - 22:28:03 PST

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