Posted by giraffe, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2012 at 9:15 am
I would like to hear the city's justification for this stop sign. Did they consider cost?
Pollution? Apparently, the purpose of this stop sign is not to control speeding; this article
We see that stop signs don't necessarily control speeding:
Although speeding complaints are the driving force
behind many citizen requests for stop signs, Palo Alto
doesn't approve stop signs solely to control speeding.
The reason is that drivers pulling away from a stop tend
to speed up in midblock to make up lost time, according
to traffic studies.
So I presume the primary reason is the safety of children crossing the street.
Rather than make everyone stop , 24 hours a day, 365 days a year wouldn't it make more sense to have a crossing guard there during the school rush hours which are what - maybe an hour a day, ~180 days / year? I also suspect that people busy texting etc would be more likely to notice a crossing guard than a stop sign.