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on Oct 24, 2012
Remedy: Always carry a skunk in your backpack, one that's only friendly with you.
I have frequented this trail many times, and I am amazed at how insecure it is. I've never had a problem, but I am a male that can look mean and intimidating if I need to. That area by Evelyn is right on the south/west side of the overpass, just south of the Calderon/Evelyn intersection.
A few moments walk takes on out of the site of anyone, and every year there seems to be at least 1 or 2 reported problems and who knows how many unreported ones.
The walk through there in summer is really beautiful. Wonderful nature blooming with green and lots of other color, and while there is noise from the freeway, it's really not so bad. A wonder ~20 mile bike ride from Byxbee Park in the Palo Alto Baylands to the Sleeper Ave. and overpass over 85 in Mountain View. We need to keep this safe - hope fully we do not need to cut down all the trees and bushes to do it.
Mountain View Police need to do something to protect or watch this area. Maybe we need surveillance cameras, but it should be not be a major risk to go for a walk in the middle of the city.
I'd also like to say something about the nature of most of these attackers, but the Palo Alto Online Political Correctness Police will not let this subject come up for discussion. Our society and social infrastructure is being decimated by a few bad apples of a certain variety, and I don't mean iPads.
We should all be watching out for each other, this suspect in the drawing as well.
I hope the cops do step up patrols in the evenings. When the time changes next week, the evening commute hour will be in the dark and much of the trail is unlit.
Since the Adobe Creek path under Hwy 101 near San Antonio Road is closed, many people are commuting via the Stevens Creek Trail instead. Hopefully, there will not be a crime problem this winter. Mountain View residents are already complaining about traffic problems near Hwy 101 and if crime discourages commuters from walking and biking, then car traffic will get much worse.
I personally never go on hikes anywhere without a companion. Not just because of fear of an attack, but because you can fall or otherwise be injured. Should you be unconscious, you could be stranded alone for a long time, perhaps all night.
A friend of mine fell down a hill in a park inWoodside, and WAS there all night. Besides being knocked unconscious, she suffered hypothermia and a broken leg from the fall. She was hospitalized for a week, mostly because of the concussion and the hypothermia.
It is never a good idea to hike alone, from any standpoint.
This trail area is right around the corner from where I live, and I jog on this trail all the time. I went for a jog tonight around 6 o'clock out to the bay And back, and when I was returning it was getting dark. Now I'm freaked out that someone is going to jump out of the bushes on me. It gave me a boost of endurance.
In the past I've noticed some sketchy guys hanging out at the bottom of the bike ramp at the Evelyn entrance.
Carry a can of mace or raid or bug repellent. Should keep them at bay.
I've seen many a shady characters wandering that area or sitting on benches drinking and people watching, best thing to do is be aware of your surroundings and don't walk or jog alone, especially now that the sun sets earlier.
The Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study is a great example of public manipulation.
The process is biased and corrupted and they really don't care what the residents of streets that will be affected have to say. The community input process is designed to help ratify a handful of specific routes and not actually gather input ... just look at the lame "survey" forms that are provided at the end. And no option is provided to speak in front of the entire group ... wonder why that is? Part of their plan is to tell you just enough (and withhold important information) so that certain routes seem like the best. For example, read the documentation and listen in the public sessions. Do you ever see or hear them reference to "school safety?" That is because if you stopped and thought about how the on-street trail could put school children as risk via adding bike traffic on roads that are already congested. Or in general having 1,000 strangers a day riding through open campuses.
The next public meeting for the Stevens Creek Trail Connection will be February 25, 7 p.m. at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Come to this meeting and enjoy the spin !!!
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