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Re: Sidewalks on Santa Cruz ave

From: domainremoved <Jan>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 05:35:28 +0000

I would like to follow up to my earlier email below where I described how my son was hit by a car whose driver's vision was impaired by landscaping that was located close to the street. Ray Mueller called me in response to my earlier email and walked me the through Preferred Alternative 8. I also read through the 26 page Public Works Dept report 15-044. It is my opinion that Preferred Alternative 8 is a pragmatic compromise to address pedestrian and cyclist safety while preserving heritage trees that might otherwise be removed. I am in full support of this alternative with the caveat that the city does not give up any future right to use the full city right of way should the need arise in the future.

As a side thought, how difficult is it to remind property owners who have erected hardscaping in the city right of way that they may be required to remove that hardscaping at their own cost? We have city right of way through our backyard as it relates to main waterlines. We were informed of this when we bought our home 20 years ago, again when we added on and again when we landscaped. Surely this is not a surprise to the existing landowners?

Jan Reed
215 Durham St

Sent from my iPhone.

> On Mar 8, 2015, at 7:53 AM, "Jan Reed" <jreed_at_(domainremoved)
> My son was hit by a car on Santa Cruz in 2007 while riding his bike in the bike lane. This occurred in the early afternoon while he was coming home from Hillview. The car was exiting a home driveway on Santa Cruz. The driver was headed in a forward direction when exiting, not backing out, so should have had the clearest view of the street and the bike lane. Due to landscaping and fencing that was located close to the street, the driver did not see my son. He was catapulted across the good of the car on impact. I am grateful to say the he only suffered scrapes and bruises.
> Please invoke the city's right to take control of the strips of land that can be used for sidewalks. I have no doubt this would have prevented my son's bike accident. Protect our children; their health is worth some landscaping and some fences.
> Jan Reed
> 650.269.5973
> 215 Durham St
> Sent from my iPhone.
Received on Sun Mar 08 2015 - 22:30:28 PDT

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