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Neighbors sought stop sign where pedestrian was hit

Original post made on Mar 14, 2013

When Mountain View resident Ruifan Ma was struck and killed last week, it was at an intersection where neighbors have wanted a stop sign or stoplight for years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Cuesta Resident, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

This is a tragedy. We need to understand what happened, and then think about changes.

We need to know if the car was speeding. We need to know if the walker was on her phone, or texting, or wearing dark clothes. We need a full investigation, with total clarity on what is known for sure, what's suspected, and what is unknown.

After we have that, we need to look at all options. For example, maybe we should close off Hans so no cars turn from it or onto it. Maybe we should clearly designate this as a no-pedestrian crossing area. Or maybe we should add a pedestrian crossing signal like near Wal-Mart.

Clearly lots of prior steps - narrowing the street, and reducing speed limit did not work in this case. And yet there is a real cost to those measures (extra time, reduced capacity). If they've saved lives then they are worth it - but they did not in this case, and might not be worth it in general.

The keys here are to:
1) Understand the facts first
2) Consider ALL options, not just ones that the Bike/Ped committee prefers
3) Consider all the costs (money, time, capacity, gas, pollution, etc) to make smart choices.



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