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WILLOWS TRAFFIC

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Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:28:59 +0000 (UTC)

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Dear City Council,
As a resident of upper Woodland Avenue, I am very concerned about the extremely high cut-throughtraffic volume and flagrant speeding / signal violations on my street. Traffic hasincreased severalfold in the last year or so due, no doubt, to the improved economy, to advent of traffic-directing apps such as Waze; and to the development policies of the City, which appear to take little account of deterioration of residential quality of life.Obviously, excessive traffic poses a safety hazard to pedestrians, bicyclists, and children.Traffic noise is a major factor in the Willows owing to small lot size and generally narrow setbacks.Gridlock on the nearby arteries such as University, Willow Road, and Middlefield is a major contributorto cut-through in our neighborhood.
I write to ask as a concerned citizen and homeowner, not for another study; several of these have already been made and have met with inaction by Council. Concrete action on your part is required -- something beyond 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 to field multiple enforcement officers daily on the many Willows streets having cut-through traffic problems and for what are likely permanent assignments.
Potential solutions, some of which have been suggested by prior studies, include gateway closure, and judicious use of one-ways to increase resistance to through-traffic flow to the point that time spent bypassing main traffic arteries is no shorter than time spent on them.
A rather more innovative technique, proposed by others in the Willows, is use of signeage prohibiting cut-through, teamed with license-plate-reader cameras at main neighborhood access points. Real-time software could identify repeat offenders while ignoring residents' and delivery/service trips.Camera availability might also provide evidence to prosecute criminal activity in the neighborhood.Regarding privacy concerns, the horse has already left the barn, given widespread use of monitoring cameras in cities throughout the world. Images can be timestamped and deleted after a set interval.A great advantage of the signage+reader proposal is that it eliminates traffic shunting onto other neighborhood streets.
The City of Long Island is already using a large network of visible and concealed license plate reading camerasfor law enforcement; apparently the London is also considering such methods. Menlo Park wouldbecome a technology pioneer were the city to deploy cameras in the Willows.
System costs could be defrayed by developers and large firms such as Facebook and Stanford, as partial payback to the community for the increased traffic they cause. I look to the Council to abate traffic in the Willows; and to give precedence to our residents over outside entities.
SincerelyRoss WilsonWoodland Avenue   


Received on Mon Feb 27 2017 - 18:31:39 PST

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