Our community's SAFE Committee members along with City and County will meet Friday, May 3rd after a 6 month break. County will be presenting design ideas for discussion and comment by the Task Force members. Please contact any of the Task Force member for more information or comment; or, send email to Safety@UnivPark.org.
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Our section of Alameda, at its narrowest, has a width of 64', curb to curb. Additionally, there are sidewalks and pathways that represent an additional 5' to 10' width. This 64' road width provides ample room for parking on both sides, buffered bike lanes, a center left turn/merge lane, and a traffic lane each direction.
Using FHWA and several other cost estimation sources, a round number for installing sidewalks in our area is about $20/sq.ft. A very rough measurement for the west side of Alameda, from Aston to Camp Bello, is 1,600 linear ft. The east sidewalks, from Liberty Park to the Y intersection, is about 1,270 linear ft.
The Road reconfiguration is actually quite inexpensive and straight forward, because basically it is a matter of removing the current pavement markings and replacing with marked lanes for the new 3 lanes.
Pros/Cons points come from different places. Formally, various government agencies and experts have published pro/con points. These include the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the individual transportation departments in States and other countries.
Road Diet repositions pavement markings to better meet the needs of all road users.
For most that live here or near here, this one short section of Alameda has many safety issues: no sidewalks for most of it, no bike lanes, a fast wide multi-lane expressway feel, no center turn/merge lane, and unnecessary long crosswalks. It is a major school route.
The Almanac published an article about our recent Safet Petitions to make improvements to safety on Santa Cruz Ave to address the most dangerous features on this section of roadway. The article provides some background as to the petition and the emense support from the community. Article by Kate Bradshaw.
InMenlo published an article about our effort to reduce speed along Santa Cruz and Alameda de las Pulgas. This provides some background as to how and why the 25 mph speed limit was established.
The northbound Santa Cruz Ave roadway in West Menlo Park where Alameda de las Pulgas begins and Santa Cruz veers right (the intersection known as the Y) poses several critical safety issues. In August 2017, members of our local community provided San Mateo County a Safety Issues Report that documented these problems and recommended possible solutions.