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Re: Dangerous crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue

From: domainremoved <Dave>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:31:58 +0000

Hi Alex, Justin, Bill, Nikki, Supervisor Horsley, Ray, Mark, Eric, Kristin

Just following up on this...

This morning I witnessed my children almost being struck by a Porsche SUV
at 40MPH at this dangerous intersection. (Santa Cruz Ave / Sharon Ave).
The situation is getting worse as the mornings get darker and darker.

The core problem is that children assume it's safe to walk when the
cross-walk lights start blinking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the
blinking cross-walk lights do not successfully alert and stop drivers.
Additionally, many of these drivers are looking at their cell phones. And
driving downhill.

Can we please move this project from the researching phase to the
implementation phase?

And in the meantime, can you please send a police officer to the
intersection from 7:30AM to 7:50AM to observe the situation ASAP?

I plan to be out there tomorrow morning take some video footage of the
situation. Perhaps video evidence will help communicate the seriously of

Thank you for helping to keep Menlo Park safe!

Dave Sloan
315 Stanford Ave

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 4:27 PM Eric Richert <eric.richert_at_(domainremoved)

> This is good to know, thanks so much. With this information in hand, we
> will contact our County Supervisor.
> On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 4:10 PM, Ohtaki, Peter I <PIOhtaki_at_(domainremoved)
> wrote:
>> Hi Eric,
>> I agree that currently this is a dangerous intersection as the crosswalk
>> is too far from Sharon Road also. Because Sharon Road is unincorporated
>> San Mateo County, the County transportation department released the
>> attached proposal to move the crosswalk with a new HAWK light system on Aug
>> 28.
>> [image1.JPG]
>> I do not know the timeframe, but I know our city staff will be working
>> with county staff on this.
>> Peter Ohtaki
>> Menlo Park City Councilmember
>> Sent from my iPhone, so please forgive typos and blunt language.
>> On Oct 4, 2017, at 3:27 PM, Eric Richert <eric.richert_at_(domainremoved)
>> eric.richert_at_(domainremoved)
>> Dear City folks,
>> I am writing to alert you to a dangerous crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue
>> near Sharon Road. This is the crosswalk that many La Entrada kids from the
>> University Heights neighborhood use to get to and from school each day. My
>> wife Sandy Sloan and I spoke a couple of times with Reuben Nino before he
>> retired, but there has been no noticeable change as a result of those
>> discussions.
>> Our granddaughter and a friend were almost hit by a car this afternoon,
>> which is why I'm writing. With crosswalk lights flashing, 3 cars went
>> right through the crosswalk even as the kids had started across. Sandy had
>> to grab them to prevent them from getting hit.
>> The problem is two-fold: traffic moves along this stretch of Santa Cruz
>> at a good clip, and the lights that are supposed to alert drivers to
>> pedestrians at the crosswalk (blinking lights on a sign and lights in the
>> pavement) are too dim to be easily seen. The solution may be to install
>> brighter lights on both the sign and in the crosswalk. A similar setup at
>> the downtown post office crosswalk seems much brighter and more effective.
>> Also, it would be great to lower the speed limit.
>> In any case, this is a situation that needs attention. We ask that
>> someone in the City attend to this problem.
>> Thank you,
>> Eric Richert
>> 321 Stanford Avenue
>> --
>> Eric Richert
>> cell 650 380-2008
> --
> Eric Richert
> cell 650 380-2008 <(650)%20380-2008>
Received on Wed Oct 11 2017 - 08:38:02 PDT

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