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student hit by car in crosswalk in front of Paly this morning

Original post made by parent, Palo Alto High School, on May 6, 2014

Come on folks, slow down and yield to pedestrians, especially in school zones. Report in the Paly Voice: Web Link

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Posted by Parent and Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Not surprised. A PAUSD lawsuit might force improvements. Something needs to be done about Churchill. The mornings are nuts, with people cutting through to go to Stanford jobs, Menlo Park, etc. And there are signs that state no cars are supposed to drive on Churchill across Alma and over the tracks from 7:45-8:30AM but many cars ignore the signs, while others obey them. Is there any way to block auto traffic on Churchill in the mornings? A remote-control gate during that half hour? According to the principal, at least 1000 students ride their bikes to school.

If anything, the corner of Churchill/El Camino (PAUSD district office corner) should be shaved so cars can turn right on a red (there is a right-turn island there). As it is now, cars get backed up on Churchill because there is no room for cars to turn right onto El Camino so all the cars wait in line and it backs up to Alma.

Palo Alto has become a major cut-through town for commuters. I remember when there was no traffic signal at Paly's Embarcadero entrance in the 80s because there wasn't enough traffic.

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Posted by just trying to be safe
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 7, 2014 at 12:47 am

The visibility of some traffic signs was discussed before - hard for drivers not familiar with Palo Alto to notice - Web Link

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 7, 2014 at 2:36 am

Our Paly commutes are horrendous and there are too many students and school staff trying to get to school at the same time as numerous other commuters.

At 8.15 students are in fact tardy and even more likely to make rash decisions when crossing a street in order to get to school on time. I wonder if the car that hit the student was driven by a student or a parent rather than a non Paly driver.

I am so pleased the student was not seriously hurt. I hope all students, bikes, pedestrians and drivers are much more cautious as a result of this, but somehow I expect it will happen again.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Juana Briones School
on May 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

On that note, the tank-like beefed up sign in front of Juana Briones school on Maybell was mowed down to the ground again last week.

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Posted by Midtown
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

This is what happens when you just keep building offices and condos without infrastructure support.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm


Exactly, whenever I hear about some inattentive driver mowing down pedestrians, my first reaction is always "grrrrr greedy developers!!"

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Posted by well
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I think this is what happens when you cut the traffic enforcement budget.

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Posted by Combo
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

It's the combination of too many kids on bikes, too many hurried drivers, a much too narrow road or handle it all, and a big lack of traffic enforcement, all rolled into one.

Palo Alto is a suburban bedroom community. The City Council needs to stop promoting it as a business center..we haven't the room or infrastructure to support it!

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Though I'm sure the HS students probably would not want to deal with it --- it would make sense to have a crossing guard stationed at this location before and after school.

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