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From: Janet Davis <jadjadjad_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:13:18 -0800

A traffic study along Alpine Road is badly needed, in part to assess whether the current speed limit is appropriate. I may well be misinformed but believe that Menlo Park has a sophisticated electronic counter than is a lot more accurate than the rubber strip device owned by the County, and it may also be less costly in terms of person hours to supervise. There do not seem to be reliable figures for current usage of the road, nor is there a good place in the county area to put a counter. I was wondering, just as a “concerned citizen” if it would be possible to share your device, and put some equipment at the Alpine/Junipero Serra intersection so that it would be possible to count vehicles heading towards (or back from) Campus Drive West. If a similar device could be put at the Sand Hill/Santa Cruz intersection a similar count could be done to see how many vehicles go to, or come from the MedicalCenter. The reason I am asking is because traffic has become intolerable on Alpine Road. Most of it goes to Stanford campus or to the Medical Center/Shopping Center. Since Santa Clara County is proposing to drastically curtail traffic along the portion of Junipero Serra east of Campus Drive West, this will divert more vehicles to Alpine Road. Also, Stanford committed in the 2000 GUP to have no net increase in commuter traffic. Those of us living along Alpine Road know that this has not happened. Local residents are trying to get Alpine made safer. Diana Shu of San Mateo County Public Works and Mike Maskarich of the CHP have been very helpful, but maybe a combined effort would save everyone time and money. I would also like to request a pedestrian crossing at the Alpine intersection so that residents can more easily get to Safeway, and a study of bicycle traffic between the two intersections. Some cyclists execute death defying maneuvers to get from upper Sand Hill to Junipero Serra. Janet Davis, Alpine Road resident (just outside city limit) Received on Wed Dec 14 2011 - 09:13:23 PST

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