Currently on Monroe Drive and Miller Avenue in Palo Alto, we have a posted speed limit of 25 MPH. We also have "No Sidewalks" and daily stream of blatant speeding motorist sharing the road with "The Palo Alto Bike Path", "Monroe Park" (with swings and with children) and with "No Stop Signs!" A daily stream of Speeders; sharing the road with many children, many pets, joggers and bikes all on the streets day and night. These people are at risk! These residential streets have "No traffic enforcement and No traffic control! "
We have an ongoing problem of speeders using Monroe Drive & Miller Avenue as a short cut bypassing the stop lights at San Antonio Road and El Cammino Real. Every day.... morning and night we have a daily stream of motorists driving at speeds from 35 MPH to 70 MPH. After numerous attempts with The City of Palo Alto to make our streets safe for our families and children... The City of Palo Alto has not made even an attempt to enforce the speed limit! The city has not made even an attempt try to keep it's citizens on Monroe Drive and Miller Avenue safe from this daily stream of blatant speeders who are using our neighborhood as a commuter short-cut and expressway.
If.... we put enough stop signs or block the streets or add a few speed bumps in the straight sections of the road ( as they have done in other parts of Palo Alto ) To make it "not attractive" to use as a short-cut and expressway. Maybe...then we could all avoid any future injuries to the residents of Monroe Park from these speeders.
The fact is... we're all tax payers & property owners here... We pay the city to provide services and to keep us all safe. We can force the city to meet "their obligation" by citing the city charter "to provide a safe environment for our children and our families". We can get the results we need and as long as we don't believe the bureaucratic protocol and excuses that they give us not to treat Monroe Park as they do with other parts of Palo Alto; other areas with existing traffic control. As Tax payers and citizens of Palo Alto, we need to demand that the city to meet their obligation to keep our streets "as safe" as other streets in Palo Alto. Before any more people and pets are hurt by speeding vehicles on residential streets... "Residential streets with no traffic enforcement and no traffic control!" We need to act!