Palo Alto to host meeting on roadway restriping project

Open house will provide information on proposals; seeks community input

Palo Alto residents are invited to attend an open house at City Hall on Thursday, June 9, to provide feedback on and get more information about the city's plan to resurface several roadways.

The affected areas will be Middlefield Road between Channing Avenue and Oregon Expressway and North California Avenue between Alma Street and Jordan Middle School.

In a press release, the city described the project as "minor," with changes set to be implemented this summer and next summer.

One of the proposals that will be discussed is an addition of a separated bikeway to Newell Road in front of Jordan Middle School. Bicycle lanes will also be added approaching Middlefield on North California, which will require the removal of a part-time parking lane.

Middlefield Road will see more crosswalks and the lessening of the width of lanes to reduce the speed of traffic. On-street parking on both sides of Middlefield will largely stay unaffected, according to the city.

The project is part of the city's Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Plan, which aims to improve the functionality the city's roadways and safety of its users.

The meeting will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.


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7 people like this
Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Marie is a registered user.

How does narrowing lanes ever improve safety for bicycles or cars? I think that is what the reporter tortuously reporting above: "Middlefield Road will see more crosswalks and the lessening of the width of lanes"

16 people like this
Posted by Dumb as Dirt
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2016 at 12:18 pm

This narrowing of lanes is ridiculous. It is a recipe for a serious collision! Adding bike lanes where there is no room for a bicyclist to ride safely is a recipe for a fatality!

The city should be held legally, morally and financially responsible for the damages and injuries it causes with such irresponsible acts.

7 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm

This only makes Palo Alto uglier. Sometimes it feels like we're driving through a video game with striping, sharrows, too many signs and now the roundabouts.

How about doing something constructive like fixing the traffic lights on Middlefield since the northbound lane now gridlocked because of the work on Marsh Road and the inability to turn on red onto Willow?

6 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

The part about narrowing the width of the lanes really bothers me. This area has lots of parked cars, lots of bikes and lots of school buses. Narrowing the lanes will be terrible for the safety of all who use it and I don't mean those in small cars. Buses are wide, Middlefield should not have narrow lanes.

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Posted by Dumb as Dirt
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Good point, Resident. On some parts of Middlefield, VTA and Google buses already take up two lanes! Make those lanes narrower and parked cars will be sideswiped! Even if you could eliminate the parked cars, bicyclists would be sideswiped!!

Get real, Palo Alto: this is dangerous, inconsiderate, and a ton of wrongful death and other lawsuits waiting to happen!

5 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Come on, didn't you folks read the article? They are talking about adding bike lanes for only 1 block of Middlefield in front of Jordan Middle School. After that 1 block, kids are going to turn onto California Ave (in either direction). Currently, kids are riding their bikes on the sidewalk for this block because the street is so confusing. This block of Middlefield has only 1 travel lane in each direction, so there is plenty of space for bike lanes.

As long as cars obey the 25mph speed limit, Middlefield should be plenty safe for bicycling and narrower travel lanes do encourage people to obey the speed limit.

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