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Needs Immediate Attention: Stop Sign / Traffic Mitigation on Central Ave in the Willows

From: domainremoved <Tricia>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:24:36 -0700

All,

Tonight, there was another accident at Central _at_(domainremoved)
a bike. I'm sure the police and firefighters on scene can provide
details. I've attached some pictures below.

It is imperative that stop signs or other measures be put in place
immediately on Central Avenue in the Willows. This is an intersection and
street that neighbors have been concerned about for years. Accidents are
happening more and more frequently.

Please let me know how you plan to address this. We've been patient for
years - and over that time, more and more people have been hurt. It is
time to act.

Respectfully,
Tricia Barr


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tricia Barr <tricia.tjernlund_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 8:14 AM
Subject: Willows and traffic
To: Nikki Nagaya <nhnagaya_at_(domainremoved)
jicmurphy_at_(domainremoved)


Hi Nikki and Justin,

Thank you so much for the traffic measures taken late last year and earlier
this year. I absolutely think the measures have made a difference in
minimizing cut-through traffic through the Willows.

I wanted to see if you are still evaluating measures on Central Ave,
including stop signs. It is common to see discussions on NextDoor about
this.

Here is a post from last night by a woman named Sarah Caplan from Woodland
Bayshore:

*CHILD ON BIKE NEARLY HIT BY CAR IN WILLOWS*
<https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=83799396>

*My husband was driving his Ford 250 at 20mph down Central at 5:55pm this
evening when a 7 or 8 year old blond boy with longish hair darted out from
Elm (coming from the direction of the International School towards
Menalto). My husband slammed on the brakes, causing all of his tools to
fall everywhere, and he missed this boy by a foot at most. Hoping the
parents of this child see this message, as this boy seems not to have
stopped at the stop sign, or looked both ways to see if there was traffic.
It was terrifying for my husband, and I'm sure for the boy as well.*


Below are a few other threads from recent weeks.


Thank you for all your hard work!


Best regards,

Tricia



Here is from May 21st from a neighbor. There were 29 responses to this one
which I'm happy to send if that's helpful.:

*Concern about Central and Elm: speeders on Central*
<https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=83005633>

*The stop sign on Elm (headed towards Menalto) has been vandalized/turned
upside down making a bad situation worse. I have reported the stop sign
situation to the City of Menlo Park. I think most of the kids and adults
who ride through this intersection are aware that they need to stop due to
the very fast moving traffic on Central.*


*A few years ago I witnessed a crash at this site. The teen bicyclist who
was hit did not stop at the stop sign so technically he was at fault but
the van that hit him was moving awfully fast and a more cautious driver
would have been able to break in time. *


*I don't have a proposed solution but I do hope that anyone who drives on
this stretch of Central will consider driving slower (possibly losing 5
seconds of your time) as it seems like it's only a matter of time until we
have another crash.*


This is from May 7th with 18 responses which I'm happy to share if that's
helpful.:


*Near miss bike accidents in our community*
<https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=82033488>

*There was a bike accident in Central and Walnut this morning - not sure
what happened but I saw pastel color blue bike - for maybe 8 year old girl
and silver car in the middle of the street. *


*I bike to work everyday and wanted to share near misses so both car
drivers and bikers can learn. *


*1. In Willow road, East bound cars are stuck in traffic, a car west bound
turned abruptly left to enter Willow Cove gas station. I was biking east
bound. Car was so fast, I didn’t see it until it was in front of me- and I
hit the car door. If I am a little ahead, car probably hit me first. As a
biker, I learned to really slow down when there is traffic in Willow. (And
look out for any spaces in between cars). As a driver, I learned that even
if other cars are letting me make my turn, I still want to make sure I am
making a safe turn- looking out for bikers in the bike lane. *

*2. I was biking west bound in Willow, west bound car turned right on
Gilbert (or Coleman). Car thought I was turning right too so she did not
stop (that is what she told the police). I am actually going straight to
go to Middlefield. I did not know car was turning right- no signal or
didn’t stop at all. I just noticed car was turning right so fast, so I had
to make myself fall to avoid being hit. *

*3. Biking east bound on Willow during traffic hours, east bound car in
Gilbert is unable to move past traffic light even if it is still green to
avoid blocking intersection. I always SLOW DOWN or stop on this
intersection even if the light is GREEN, as I see a lot of west bound cars
turning left on Gilbert without checking for bikers. *

*4. I tell kids to walk their bike on Walnut and Central as cars on central
does not stop. Sometimes, car stopped to let the kid cross but I saw one
kid did not look the other way and had near miss (from the other side).
Some cars have good intention but cause more harm I think. We should just
all follow the rules and expect kids to do the same. *


*I learned from my mistakes and would love to learn from yours too. Please
share near misses so we can learn from each other’s mistake. If we can save
just one more accident with this post, then I think it is worth sharing.*


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Received on Fri Jun 15 2018 - 21:25:34 PDT

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