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California Ave auto safety
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on Sep 20, 2011
As an Evergreen Park resident we spend a lot of time on California Ave. In the last year or so I have noticed a very dangerous trend that needs to be addressed by the PAPD. For one, drivers are blowing through stop signs on a regular basis. Just sit at the corner of Ash/California one day and see for yourself. This is a crosswalk area..and most drivers just blow through it without even looking. Second, to all of you who have crossed the double yellow to park on the OTHER side of the street..yes you...this causes a variety of issues. For one, its rude and dangerous to cut off a driver going the right way just to steal a spot. Two, most of you who park this way are parked at a funny angle making it impossible for anyone else to park next to you. Three, I cannot tell you how many times I have either had a car pull across the double yellow right in front of me while I was going the other way, or those who make illegal u-turns or feel that theres no issue in making a 3-point in the middle of Cal Ave at lunch time...well..I have an issue with it and so do lots of other people.Just recently there was a car racing down Ash and lost control of his car hitting the brick wall across the street. Thank goodness for that wall or he would of gone straight into the mexican restaurant. Then he just backed up and screeched off as if nothing had happened. It is this kind of driving that is making Cal Ave a dangerous, unfriendly place for bikes and pedestrians. My daughter along with hundreds of other kids riding to school are not safe because of drivers who do these types of things and it is just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. I have already mentioned this issue to the PAPD on several occasions but due to cuts in the traffic dept. I am assuming they haven't been able to look into the problem. This is why I totally support making Cal Ave a TWO lane road with a big median in the middle so drivers cannot do this kind of thing. I think wider sidewalks would be wonderful for outdoor eating, more places to sit and more room to walk. I think that this could be a wonderful Santana Row like area if given the chance but everyone needs to stop arguing and just fix things. I would also like to see the fountain fixed and turned on and it is rather sad sitting there dry for as long as it is. Things really don't have to be that difficult I don't know why PA can't just get things done like other cities.
Back to the traffic issue, if you visit Cal Ave please remember to drive safely and respectfully of others so we can all enjoy "our" little downtown area.