Safer 4 Us

Welcome to Safer4Us.com. This website’s purpose is to be a community resource for information and discussion on safety topics and actions that will improve our community and quality of life. Primarily, this website focuses on pedestrian, residential, cyclists, and vehicle safety issues.

March Update — New, modified designs from County DPW

Last October, many neighbors met with our County Supervisor, Ray Mueller. Ray heard from all that were there and many more that could not attend. We presented our real world experience of living along the corridor, including safety concerns and dangerous roadway designs. As a result of this meeting and dozens of emails from the community, DPW took a step forwards and made changes. So some good news for the community!

Unfortunately, DPW and their contractor never engaged with any in the community to discuss these most recent changes. Didn’t engage to learn the details of the issues and concerns. Because we live here we have solid and reasonable ideas on how to best address the challenges of the Santa Cruz/Alameda corridor. This refusal by the contractors to directly engage with members of our community has resulted in the new designs having critical errors and introducing dangerous problems, which is unfortunate as these changes offset the safety gains made by the community and county in the recent past.

Again, there is good news in that almost all of this can be corrected by DPW by changing how the roadway is striped — paint is cheap! For some of the issues, it seems that some planned construction could be reduced or eliminated and thus significantly reduced costs while gaining by an order of magnitude safety gains for our corridor.


DPW posted their new design mid February: DPW Feb Design

To try and discuss the entire project all at once is difficult. It seems best to focus on specific corridor locations that people have the most concerns and where obvious safety issues exist. So, from North to South there is discussion on the following locations: (Click links in left column)

1: Liberty Park & Alameda intersection

2: Northern Half of the Alameda – Santa Cruz “Y” intersection

3: Southern Half of the Alameda – Santa Cruz “Y” intersection

4: Palo Alto Way and Santa Cruz @ Sand Hill



Overall – What is changing?

The corridor has a speed problem – designed for 45+ speeds, speeding has and is a major problem. Just way too fast for a residential area. Too fast for the children and seniors. Too fast for cyclists to be safe. Way to fast for residents to access their own driveways. The “Y” intersection is part of that problem. It has the clam to fame of being one of the most dangerous intersections in San Mateo County. Below is a simple animation of what the Y looked like 15+ years ago and what county contractors are proposing. It focusses on crosswalks, size of intersection, and medians.

Please review the noted issues listed on the graphics – those are issues that make this intersection so dangerous and that the Santa Cruz / Alameda safety task force identified and had the goal of fixing. Project contractors have not delivered, even with a budget now of over $6M. Please see the webpages that discuss both the North portion of the Y and the South Portion of the Y for what these contractors have proposed and the feedback from our community.


Over time, this Safer4Us.com website will grow and expand to include other locations that have safety issues in which the community wishes to engage the neighbors in helping city/county provide competent and effective actions to address safety concerns promptly. To see how you can help identify other safety focus locations, please visit the West Menlo Park page and leave a comment on that page.


Ways to Help

Donate by credit or debit card or Paypal.  It’s not tax deductible but it does help fund community events and cover the costs of the many things we all do here, both on safety and on disaster preparedness.  The University Park Neighborhood (UnivPark.org) and RonSnow are helping with this donate button so you will see both names on the secure donate form.

 
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