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WILLOWS TRAFFIC

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Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:20:57 +0000 (UTC)

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Dear City Council,


 
As a resident of upper Woodland Avenue since 1986, I am veryconcerned about the extremely high cut-through traffic volume and flagrantspeeding / signal violations on my street. Traffic has increased severalfold inthe last year or so due, no doubt, to the improved economy, to advent oftraffic-directing apps such as Waze; and to the development policies of theCity, which appear to take little account of deterioration of residentialquality of life.

Obviously, excessive traffic poses a safety hazard topedestrians, bicyclists, and children. Traffic noise is a major factor in theWillows owing to small lot size and generally narrow setbacks. Gridlock on thenearby arteries such as University, Willow Road, and Middlefield is a majorcontributor to cut-through in our neighborhood.


I write to ask as a concerned citizen and homeowner, not foranother study; several of these have already been made and have met withinaction by Council. Concrete action on your part is required -- somethingbeyond and more creative than just 'increased enforcement'.

High traffic volume and infraction occurs throughout the day,and even on weekends. An understaffed police department cannot be expected tofield multiple enforcement officers daily on the many Willows streets havingcut-through traffic problems and for what are likely permanent assignments.


Potential solutions, some of which have been suggested byprior studies, include gateway closure,  andjudicious use of one-ways to increase resistance to through-traffic flow to thepoint that time spent bypassing main traffic arteries is no shorter than timespent on them.


A rather more innovative technique, proposed by others in theWillows, is use of signeage prohibiting cut-through, teamed withlicense-plate-reader cameras at strategic  neighborhood access points. Real-time softwarecould identify repeat offenders while ignoring residents' and delivery/servicetrips.

Camera availability might also provide evidence to prosecutecriminal activity in the neighborhood.

Regarding privacy concerns, the horse has already left thebarn, given widespread use of monitoring cameras in cities throughout theworld. Images can be timestamped and deleted after a set interval.

A great advantage of the signage+reader proposal is that iteliminates traffic shunting between neighborhood streets.


 
The City of Long Island is already using a large network ofvisible and concealed license plate reading cameras for law enforcement;apparently the London is also considering such methods. Menlo Park would becomea technology pioneer were the city to deploy cameras in the Willows.

System costs could be defrayed by developers and large firmssuch as Facebook and Stanford, as partial payback to the community for theincreased traffic they cause. I look to the Council to abate traffic in theWillows; and to give precedence to our residents and quality of life overoutside entities.


 
Sincerely

Ross Wilson (Woodland Avenue)   



Received on Mon Feb 27 2017 - 18:23:35 PST

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