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Dangerous intersection Alameda/Santa Cruz needs your attention--now

From: domainremoved <amyharber_at_>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:43:11 -0400

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
To Menlo Park Police Department, and Members of the City Council
At 7:40 this morning, there was a 3-car accident in front of our house, at the intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas and Santa Cruz Avenue. I called 911, and then proceeded to help manage traffic with another neighbor until the police arrived to take over.
We have lived in this house for 12 years, and have witnessed the horrific sound of cars colliding numerous times, as well as numerous near-misses and traffic violations. The most concerning thing about this particular accident is that it happened at a time when our children are walking to school, crossing that same intersection to catch the bus or meet with their friends to walk together.
You need to be concerned about this. Could you please consider the following:
1. Delay the lights so that a green light is only triggered 5+ seconds AFTER a red light. For example, like the pedestrian ‘walk’ signs now at Sharon and Alameda which allow pedestrians to enter the intersection seconds before the cars? Cars (and bikers) run the red lights—in all directions—constantly.
2. Can you make the right turn light, from Santa Cruz NB to Santa Cruz Ave, a FIRM STOP when the traffic in that same direction is stopped? Currently drivers have a green right turn, and it is dangerous; people speed through here and run this red light constantly. A more obvious deterrent to prevent cars from proceeding—like guard rails that descend at a RR crossing--would guarantee a stop.
3. Install cameras, even temporarily, so you have the evidence of what we all witness daily.
4. Install speed limit signs, blinking road signs, or better yet, post police with radar.
5. I realize the speed limit reduction to 25MPH has been proposed and will await approval. You must have police out to monitor and enforce this. People frequently do 45-55MPH in this section of road.
6. The Sharon/Alameda intersection is equally dangerous, with cars and bikers running red lights all the time. In sum, this stretch of road is unsafe for everyone.
Please do something about this intersection. Although I have no training in the area of traffic safety or engineering design for roads and traffic intersections, it is obvious that this particular location is increasingly dangerous to everyone who must use it—drivers included, but most potentially tragic to pedestrians and bikers.
It is only a matter of time before a real tragedy happens; if you lived here, you would want to prevent it. I am happy to gather neighbors and host a discussion if you are interested.
Amy Harber Thipphawong
3880 Alameda de las Pulgas
Cell/text 650-678-3095
Received on Wed Oct 25 2017 - 20:48:06 PDT

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