Morning left turn only on Churchill at Alma
Original post made by Paly Parent on Sep 1, 2013
Driver & Bike Safety, Churchill / Alma intersection
Monday - Friday, 7:45-8:30am
Reminder to Paly students and parents: Cars traveling towards Paly on Churchill Ave must turn left onto Alma during weekdays from 7:45am to 8:30am. Palo Alto police will be patrolling and have begun issuing tickets to drivers who turn right onto Alma or go straight through the intersection (as many do). This is one of the busiest intersections for Paly bike commuters. Drive with care during these key commute hours so as not to endanger bicyclists. For more on safe routes to school, contact Paly's PTSA Traffic Safety Reps
on Sep 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm
I'm glad police will patrol because the signs are not easily seen because there are other signs, etc. We have 1000 students riding their bikes to school and indeed, this intersection is busy with bikes before and after school.
Drivers should also be aware that if there is a bike lane, it is illegal to drive all the way to the corner and then turn right. When making a right turn in Palo Alto, the driver is supposed to pull into the bike lane when the painted line breaks (about 30 feet before the corner) and then turn right at the corner.
on Sep 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm
Parent - Can you please advise what how out of Palo Alto drivers can know of signs that are not easily seen? Surprising, not very visible signs are added to a very challenging drive around local kids who consistently ignore basic laws such as stopping at stop signs. Those basic laws apply to bicycles as well, as far as I know. It will be nice if these laws would be enforced by police, the same way as complying with signs that are hard to see are enforced.
on Sep 2, 2013 at 8:25 am
I am told by those that cross here by bike on a daily basis, that a great many cars do not observe the instruction and drive straight on.
For those who ride a bike and cross here, there are a large number of students crossing by bike and on foot and the roadway is not wide enough to accommodate the volume of bike and foot traffic each time the light turns green. A line of cars may not get through each green light, but a gaggle of school children on foot and on bikes will crowd into whatever space is available to get through every time the light turns green.
Please, if you drive, think of the schoolkids and turn left or drive earlier or later, or find another route.