My biggest concern with the proposal is that it calls for the elimination of the right turn lane from southbound El Camino onto westbound Stanford Ave and the right turn lane from eastbound Stanford Ave onto southbound El Camino. I believe elimination of these right turn lanes will reduce traffic flow, increase waiting at signals, increase neighborhood cut-through traffic, increase driver frustration, and increase pollution. In particular, in the absence of the right turn lane from Stanford Ave onto El Camino, traffic will back up behind drivers turning southbound onto El Camino while those drivers wait for pedestrians to cross. The areas of the current right turn lanes are being replaced with large patio like areas with benches, maybe to allow Starbucks patrons to sip coffee as they watch all of the frustrated drivers now waiting at the lights to turn right. Actually, I can't imagine anyone sitting there on El Camino relaxing.
The draft plans do have improvements for pedestrians, such as realigned cross walks and improved mid-street shelter islands for people stranded in the middle. They also have more attractive crosswalks that help indicate to drivers when pedestrians may be present. But, there are certainly ways to improve pedestrian safety that do not extract such a drastic negative toll on the flow of traffic at this intersection.
What do you think?
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