Petition to Address Critical Safety Issue at
Alameda de las Pulgas and Santa Cruz Ave
West Menlo Park
University Park - West Menlo Park
Two current petitions for improving safety in our community are online. Please read these two important safety petitions and add your voice by signing.
1) is for a Pedestrian activated crosswalk light at Palo Alto Way and Santa Cruz Ave:
2) Resolve the critical safety issue on northbound Santa Cruz Ave at the Alameda de las Pulgas intersection:
In June, Santa Clara County has released Recirculated Portions of the Draft EIR on the Stanford University 2018 General Use Permit Application. Much of this has to do with housing and associated traffic. Please read the information and provide a response by the 45 day public comment deadline of July 26th.
There are some low cost, simple, immediate actions that could significantly improve safety and provide a much calmer traffic flow. Should we install those improvements now? Long term solutions are also in progress, but are probably years out.
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.
Learn about the safety propsals for Alameda de las Pulgas. Important changes proposed to calm traffic, create safety buffers for cyclists and pedestrians, install needed center turn/merge lane, finally get room for good sidewalks, buffered bike lanes, parking , improved fire/emergency access, and much more. Use this Alameda Safety Proposal link to learn more.
Quick - Low Cost - Safety Actions
Safer, Calmer Traffic: (New) There are some low cost, simple, immediate actions that could significantly improve safety and provide a much calmer traffic flow. Should we install those improvements now? Long term solutions are also in progress, but are probably years out.
You can participate in this discussion and add your own ideas and concerns. Join the discussion. Information and Discussion Here.
West Menlo Community Safety Initative
Our 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.
Restoring Oak Knoll Play Ground Access
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.
Bike Safety -- About Sharrows
Review the results of our recent Community Bike Survey.
Petition to Address Critical Safety Issue at
Petition to Install
Pedestrian Activated Crosswalk Traffic Light
at Palo Alto Way and Santa Cruz Ave
Sharrows are used to guide motorists and cyclists when there is no bike lanes on a roadway.
Our neighborhood and other users of the Santa Cruz/Alameda Corridor are taking action by documenting the many safety issues along the corridor. There are so many issues and at so many locations along the corridor, that we have created a collection of specific issue focus points. So that each particular safety issue has clear focus and can stand on its own for discussion, without the issue being diluted by all of the other problems with in the corridor. (if you don't see a list of the Safety Issues below, click here)
This section of our website is to provide a forum for commentary and discussion relating to our neighborhood's access to Oak Knoll School ground by use of the two pedestrian gates on Vine Street at/near Palo Alto Way. As often is the case, there are lots of views on this topic and many people want to weigh in with their own thoughts.
We need your help in documenting traffic safety issues in our neighborhood, with a specific focus on Santa Cruz Ave and Alameda de las Pulgas. This area from just south of Sand Hill and north to Avy Ave has many safety issues. Our goal is to convince San Mateo County Dept. of Public Works (DPW) to take action and fix major problems.
Bike Use Survey
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 month||28|
|Often -- More than twice a week||19|
|Daily, almost every day||12|
|I don't bicycle currently||20|
With the new Sharrows on Alameda and Santa Cruz, would you...?
|I would be more inclined to cycle||27|
|Sharrows will not change my use||52|
With dedicated Bike Lanes on Alameda and Santa Cruz, how likely would you be to use them?
|I would be more inclined to cycle||61|
|Dedicated bike lanes will not change my use||17|