University Park - West Menlo Park

Santa Cruz/ Alameda Corridor - Safety Issues and Solutions

Santa Cruz/ Alameda Corridor - Safety Issues and Solutions

We all know that our traffic corridors are growing worse and safety has not been addressed for over a dozen years. We concentrate on that section of Santa Cruz and Alameda de las Pulgas between Sand Hill and Avy Ave, yet we need to also pay attention to the traffic issues and planning (or lack of planning) on Alpine Road, Sand Hill Rd, Junipero, and 280.

Sand Hill Rd Traffic Maxed

Stanford Commercial Development - 2131 Sand Hill

Sand Hill Rd traffic has increase substantially over the last 10 years and with the explosive commercial development, major expansions of medical/hospital services, and Stanford GUP it could easily see 5,000 to 10,000 additional cars on the road. Yet no consideration of local housing. 2131 is zoned such that it could provide economical housing so people working local could avoid commuting.

UnivPark - Welcome

Sharrows:   New roadway sharrows have been installed on portions of Alameda and Santa Cruz:  What do they mean?   Why were they put there?  How should cyclists and motorists behave with sharrows?   Answers Here.

Review the results of our recent  Community Bike  Survey.


Participate in neighborhoodOur  community Safety Initiative has its own Safety Page on this website.  You can also download the Santa Cruz/Alameda Safety Study report pdf.   Please check out the information on the many safety issues of this cooridor and add your ideas, suggestions, and comments. Use the Participate icon to indicate your interests and participation level.

Use the SAFE link to stay informed and up-to-date on safety in our neighborhood.  After the important Community/County safety meeting of August 28th, there was unified agreement that speed, crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic were issues that needed immediate improvements.   Traffic calming on that short Alameda section between the Y at Santa Cruz and Avy Ave was also discussed.  All these issues are fully documentented in the SAFE Santa Cruz/Almeda Safety Issues report.  


A new School Gate page has been added to the website as a result of a request to voice opinions on the topic of  Access to Oak Knoll school grounds.  The new section contains information, comments, discussion and reference material.  

Other changes and content for the website will be coming, so check back every few days.

West Menlo residents press county to tackle road hazards

The Almanac published an article about our community's effort to have San Mateo County address the scores of serious safety issues along Santa Cruz and Alameda de las Pulgas.  Over 100 neighbors and over 18 county and city staff met at Oak Knoll School to discuss this important issue.  

Local group tackles safety issues on the Alameda/Santa Cruz corridor

This is an InMenlo article about our Communty's efforts to improve safety in our West Menlo nieghborhood.  “Gathering the issues together gives us a collective voice, we don’t want the county to do another safety analysis. Instead we’re driving for an engineering assessment. We realize there are a lot of considerations, for example, implications for the fire department and parking.”

Board of Supervisors - Speed Limit Reduction


UPDATE:  Oct 31st --  Board of Supervisors - 2nd Reading of Resolution - PASSED

The 25 mph resolution required a 2nd reading by the County Board of Supervisors of the resoluiton they approved on October 17th.  New resolution lowers speed limit to 25 mph (see map below).   The 2nd reading was on the Consent Agenda for the Supervisor meeting on Oct 31st and was Passed by the supervisors.    

Bike Use Survey

We had asked our local community to weigh in on biking in our area, and whether improvements on Santa Cruz and Alameda for biking would change biking habits.   One question was related to the new shared bike lanes marked with "Sharrows".  The other question was related to actual bike lanes defined in the roadway.   

Below are the results of the  survey where 78 neighbors participated and about half of those provided addtional comments.

How frequently do you bicycle on Alameda or Santa Cruz now?

Once in a while -- 1 to 4 times a month28
Often -- More than twice a week19
Daily, almost every day12
I don't bicycle currently20


With the new Sharrows on Alameda and Santa Cruz, would you...?

I would be more inclined to cycle27
Sharrows will not change my use52


With dedicated Bike Lanes on Alameda and Santa Cruz, how likely would you be to use them?

I would be more inclined to cycle61
Dedicated bike lanes will not change my use17