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how far from an intersection can you safely park a car

Original post made by pedestrian, Downtown North, on May 16, 2011

California state guidelines say cars should not park closer than 10 feet from intersections. That distance makes it easier for pedestrians to see approaching cars and also for car drivers to see pedestrians in crosswalks. Should Palo Alto enforce these guidelines? Seems to me that 10 feet would greatly improve pedestrian safety around town.

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Posted by Challenged daily
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

"Should Palo Alto enforce these guidelines?" Absolutely.

It is particularly dangerous if you try to cross a one way street. If you are on Ramona heading north, try to cross Homer which has no stop sign at that intersection. Trucks and large SUV's often park at the southeast corner making it impossible to see a car coming in Homer's left hand lane. And they are going at least 25 mph.

If you want adventure and an adrenaline high, try edging out into Homer without a clue that a car is coming toward that intersection. You'll become super alert and ready to start your day wide awake.

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Posted by pedestrian
a resident of Downtown North
on May 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I agree that SUVs (and minivans) parked near crosswalks are extremely dangerous. I wish that those drivers would show some common courtesy and not do that, no matter what is the law.

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