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News - April 25, 2014

Boy Scout advocates for street safety

Dangerous crossing at Middlefield Road and Everett Avenue had at least seven accidents in 16 months

by Sue Dremann

A Palo Alto Boy Scout is trying to get city officials to change a Middlefield Road crossing he says is dangerous.

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Posted by Jake, a resident of University South
on Apr 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Kudos for this boy scout's efforts to improve community safety. Why should it take so long to address this problem? Since Heritage Park opened in March 2006 I have been concerned about the safety of all the people who cross Homer Avenue between the park and the Museum of American Heritage every week end. This middle-of-the block crossing is used by many small children and people pushing strollers, and clearly needs striping and pedestrian crosswalk signage. I ask you, Jaime Rodriguez, city chief transportation official, can something be done to improve this hazardous crossing in heavy use for over 8 years now? Is there some way the City of Palo Alto could become more proactive in protecting pedestrian safety?

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

The entire length of Middlefield Road in Palo Alto is treacherous for pedestrians. The city knows this and has installed more stop lights over the years, but there are still far too few of them with lengthy gaps in between. Trying to cross Middlefield in any crosswalk without the protection of a red light is suicidal. Drivers mostly consider Middlefield to be an expressway, despite the 25mph speed limit and numerous homes, schools, and churches along the route. The police used to have more regular speed enforcement along Middlefield, but I rarely see them any more. Are they hiding better or have they just given up?

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