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by parent, Palo Alto High School,
on May 6, 2014
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.
The visibility of some traffic signs was discussed before - hard for drivers not familiar with Palo Alto to notice - Web Link
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.
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.
This is what happens when you just keep building offices and condos without infrastructure support.
Exactly, whenever I hear about some inattentive driver mowing down pedestrians, my first reaction is always "grrrrr greedy developers!!"
I think this is what happens when you cut the traffic enforcement budget.
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!
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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