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Spectrum - April 29, 2011

Editorial: Signal changes make sense

City should press VTA, Caltrain to move Alma signals to west side of train tracks

Following the recent fatal accident at the Caltrain tracks and Charleston Road, city officials need to reassess the safety of all intersections where drivers can get caught on the tracks when traffic backs up at an Alma Street red light.

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Posted by Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Thank you for this editorial.

I would like to remind the authorities that we must not think of vehicle traffic alone when it comes to queueing at these intersections, but also pedestrian and bikes. This is particularly true at Churchill when during the am school commute there could be 50 or so teenagers on bikes or their feet waiting when the arms come down having crossed Alma but not been able to cross the tracks. There is not enough space for these teens to wait safely, particularly with traffic going sb on Alma so close behind them.

Posted by bicycle box, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

This would be a good location for a green "bicycle box" like they have in San Francisco. This is a large space before a traffic light that is reserved for bicyclists when the light is red. The bicycle box is painted green to remind car drivers to let bicyclists have that space.

Having this space on the street discourages bicyclists from riding on the sidewalk, like they do now when car traffic is backed up.