Council ponders big changes after slew of car-pedestrian collisions
Original post made on Nov 29, 2012
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on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm
I witnessed the last pedestrian accident on Castro leading to Graham. It was very traumatic and could easily have been prevented had the crosswalks been flashing so the student was more visible. Reducing speed to 20mph would help tremendously also, but another problem is drivers crisscrossing and making sudden lane changes- It's scary the way some people drive, but many do drive safely. I think narrowing it to one lane will create a parking lot and frustration for parents, who in turn may feel more rushed?
on Nov 30, 2012 at 7:59 am
Great to hear the part about less studies more action. Also great to hear Kasperzak pushing bike upgrades. flashing crosswalks seem important. we cross shoreline a lot on our bikes as a family. shoreline west has a great system of smaller roads than california like mercy and latham, but they have a weird system of some uncontrolled intersections, 2 way stops, and then mostly 4 way stops to speed the cars through there. all of them should be 4 way. when you get to shoreline cars are unsure whether to stop for pedestrians trying to cross in the crosswalk. some do then some don't. we always wait because it is unsafe. flashing lights like those on rengstorff would be awesome. making big streets for cars and lesser streets for bikes is key. Palo Alto's bryant bike street is a good example. so road dieting should be used selectively when there is a school. separated bike lanes when the two cross are a necessity.
on Nov 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm
The tradeoffs here are far more complex than discussed.
For Graham. the simple answer is to get adult crossing guards near the school just before/after classes. Combine that with continued traffic EDUCATION for the kids, which will help keep them safe at ALL locations, not just by school.
Don't screw up traffic patterns at Graham for the 22 hours a day that it's fine already.
And it's good to ADD bike lanes to streets, but do NOT reduce/slow existing car traffic lanes - which will cause more traffic jams, increase pollution (from idling cars), and delay people further. Get rid of on-street parking or widen the lanes.
Slowing traffic and reducing lanes has lots of unintended side-effects. That's why you need LOTS of analysis before hand, and even then the analysis overlooks likely consequences. Don't make things worse!