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Traffic along the Bryant St. Bike Blvd.

Original post made by Elaine, Ventura, on May 6, 2014

This evening I was riding my bike south on Bryant Blvd. from Menlo Park to California Avenue between 6:30 and 7 PM and was nearly hit 3 times by vehicles. Two drivers raced around me to squeak through lights that were changing and nearly ran me off the road. The third driver paused only briefly at a stop sign (I had no stop in my direction), then floored the gas to try and make it through the intersection before I could get there. I yelled at him to slow down, and he actually laughed.

Please, folks, if you are driving, SLOW DOWN near the bike boulevards. If you actually hit a bicyclist, you will be inconvenienced far longer than you would be by waiting for the person to pass.

And in case you're wondering, I made a full stop at all the stop signs in my direction.

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Posted by pedestrian
a resident of Professorville
on May 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Car drivers need to slow down on all residential streets. I can't count the number of times I've seen my neighbors almost get hit on our quiet residential streets. I've started turning around 2 or 3 times while crossing the street just to make sure cars aren't running a stop sign behind me. Yes, this means that I am blocking your car for 3 times as long as just walking straight across, but safety first.

Most pedestrians expect cars to stop at the stop signs, but most drivers don't bother stopping unless they see another car coming. With big SUVs parked right up to the corners, pedestrians in crosswalks are practically invisible unless car drivers slow down and obey all the stop signs.

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