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Please prioritize bike/ped safety on Middlefield

From: domainremoved <Katie>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:05:43 -0800

Dear City Council,

Like El Camino, Middlefield Rd poses a formidable challenge for bikes and
pedestrians to cross. Unlike El Camino, there a .7-mile gap between
signalized crossings–and both the Willow and Ringwood intersections are
complex and heavily trafficked.

The existing crosswalk at Linfield, which could be a great alternative to
Willow, is a known danger–even with flashing beacons, pedestrians risk
their lives attempting to cross here and cyclists making this turn have
been hit, multiple times. Kids biking to Hillview, folks walking/biking to
town or Burgess Park, and bike commuters all currently navigate this
4-lane, 35 mph speed zone at great risk.

This unsignalized intersection is also a challenge for the fire department,
who need to be able to exit quickly from their Middlefield station in
response to emergencies.

I'm well aware of the current staff capacity constraints and applaud your
collective desire to minimize project-level whiplash by committing to a few
big projects and focusing on delivering against key milestones.

I also know that we have a *long* list of capital improvement projects to
tackle in this town and I'm sensitive to the notion that we should proceed
in an orderly fashion as funds become available.

That said, I'm also aware that the library project, which did not make your
top priorities list for 2018, continues apace, despite significant resident
objection–in part because funds are currently available.

But wait! Funds are also currently available to create a better, safer
crossing at Middlefield and Linfield/Santa Monica. The Fire District has
agreed to front the entire cost of the project, this year, with the
expectation that the city will reimburse them for half the costs as funds
become available.

This would be a much, much cheaper CIP than the library (by a factor of at
least 100!), with a similarly compelling co-funding offer. It's also
significantly simpler to execute.

Bonus: it benefits our first responders as well, which means it ultimately
could serve our entire community, not just nearby residents who want to
walk and bike safely.

Although this traffic safety project is not currently a top priority, I
urge you to fast-track it as you have fast-tracked the library. One is a
nice-to-have. The other is essential.

Thank you for your commitment to community safety!


Katie Behroozi
650.804.1812 (cell)
Received on Fri Feb 16 2018 - 13:09:15 PST

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