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MOP Negligence: Alpine Road, Sand Hill Road & intersections

From: domainremoved <Janet>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 02:39:36 +0000 (UTC)

San Mateo County has recently gone to a lot of trouble and expense to try and make Alpine Road safer.  This effort has been sabotaged by the city refusing to cooperate.  Alpine now has a 35 mph speed limit.  However, MP refuses to take down the 40 mph sign by the Buck estate -  which is only a few yards from the 35 mph sign.  The County granted MP over $250,000 to synchronize the lights, which appears to have resulted in even more back ups on Alpine. 
The city has not done anything about the illegal and highly dangerous U turns that frequently occur at the Buck Estate back gate.  People are getting hurt and harassed on the so-called "trail" under the cantilevered section of Santa Cruz.  This "trail" was poorly designed, is not maintained, and is used as a virtual race track by some cyclists trying to avoid the chaos at the intersections.  It is also non ADA compliant by slope and turn and has a highly dangerous blind corner.  At the very least, the city should put a 5 mph speed limit for cyclists. 
This "trail" was specifically put in, according to Stanford's Larry Horton, to allow the residents of Stanford Weekend Acres pedestrian and bike access to Safeway and Sand Hill Road since the existing surface path was removed when the intersection was widened.  It is also used by kids going to La Entrada School and should be safe for them to walk or ride.  At present it is most definitely NOT.  It is also ultrahazardous for older folks, mothers pushing strollers, and people walking their dogs.
I have occasionally seen CHP and sheriffs on Alpine but no MPPD around the intersections where there are numerous vehicular violations every day. 
This problem is going to be greatly magnified if the proposed development at 2121 Sand Hill is approved.I know that I am not the only one that has complained, but so far all complaints have fallen on deaf ears.  Please do something to fix some of the problems before someone is killed.
Received on Tue May 16 2017 - 19:48:14 PDT

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