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News - April 12, 2013

City zeroes in on bike, pedestrian safety

Data, deaths spark council to make it a top goal

by Daniel DeBolt

The city is continuing to ramp up efforts to make Mountain View more pedestrian friendly after residents called for safer streets in a series of Voice articles published last year.

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Posted by RealData
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Did that list of dangerous intersections take into account the amount of traffic? El Camino has accidents because there are lots of cars on El Camino - you need to look at the rate, not the plain number.

This idea of narrowing Castro by Graham is ludicrous. 95 percent of the time this area is deserted and there is no traffic risk to anybody. The only times there is risk are at start and end of the school day, and then only for 30-45 minutes.

Rather than mess with traffic 100% of the time - find improvements that improve safety without affecting traffic the other 22 hours of the day.

A pedestrian crossing light (like the one between Wal Mart and Target on Showers), or even a human crossing guard at start/end of school would be far better for everyone than reducing lanes.

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Posted by Janet L
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

RealData, you're looking at the danger on El Camino backwards. What determines the rate of collisions in this data is not the number of cars, it's the number of people on bikes and on foot. There are lots of cars on Hwy 101 but virtually zero car/bike/ped collisions.

The fact that El Camino has so many bike/ped collisions when it's not an area people seek out for walking or riding shows that the way it's designed to speed cars through makes it inhospitable to anyone who has the audacity to use it without a car. As for South Castro Street, it may seem empty to you except for school hours, but people who walk or ride bikes there beg to differ.

Look at the map again, the streets that allow car speeds of 35 mph and greater are the ones that are dangerous for them. When cars go fast the drivers don't see people on foot or bikes well and don't have much time to react and stop in time.

If you've never walked in a crosswalk with a green light and had a car whip around a corner and nearly take you out, you probably don't cross El Camino, Shoreline, San Antonio or Rengstorff on foot or bike much.

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