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Charleston narrowing is working well

Original post made by Sonya Bradski, Greenmeadow, on Sep 5, 2006

I would like to thank the City of Palo Alto for the Charleston/Arastradero Plan.

I walk or bike with my children back and forth to school every day, and our school route has become vastly safer now that cars are driving closer to the posted 25-mph speed limit.

Because I live off of Charleston Road, I am glad to see that the new plan also works well for cars. Charleston is the arterial that my husband and I usually use to get to our neighborhood, so I was a little concerned that the lane reduction might cause congestion.

My fears were groundless. I'm glad to see that it works.

Thanks again for making Palo Alto a safer city to raise our children.


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Posted by Priscilla
a resident of Meadow Park
on Sep 6, 2006 at 12:46 pm

I would like to thank all those responsible for the Charleston/Arastradero plan. Because I left for work late today, I had to wait for a line of cars to go by before backing out of my driveway. This was a line of cars going 25 MPH, rather than two lanes of speeding cars changing lanes frequently. Six cars were stopped at Middlefield Road, eventually turning right. Two cars were in the left turn lane. I was the only car crossing the intersection. Traffic moved along smoothly.

I stopped at the Nelson/East Charleston stop light as the crossing guard helped people cross the street. I noticed that cars turning right onto East Charleston from Nelson Drive had to wait until the crossing guard gave the ok. This is a much safer intersection now.

A police car was parked next to Hoover School on the side road. People were obeying the speed limit. A chipmunk crossed four lanes of traffic, arriving safely on the sidewalk. Doves perched on the telephone wires. A school commute corridor that is wildlife friendly.

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Posted by Well done!
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I drive and bike this corridor frequently. My kids also commute to school on bikes and on foot on this road. Wow! What an improvement! Thank you!

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I drove that stretch today . . what a confusing mess of two lanes to one lane to two and on and on. I predict the mother of all backups tomorrow when all the school drivers mix it up with the commuters.

Why doesn't Palo Alto just install cobblestones and railroad ties on Charleston to deter those nasty tax paying workers who have to drive it?