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One of the highest safety gains for the lowest cost tasks is achieved by painting the shoulder line for those 1,400' of Santa Cruz Ave starting at Sand Hill Rd, especially for the NB direction. This simple action will define the right most lane (slow lane) for Santa Cruz.
The intersection at Palo Alto Way and Santa Cruz is a major crosswalk that connects to the Palo Alto Way bus stop and allows the various communities (Menlo Commons, Oak Hollow, University Park) to connect with each other, including those students accessing the school bus stop near Palo Alto Way. It has been a continual site of traffic accidents including a pedestrian fatality.
Lane width on Alameda de las Pulgas is a major factor if we are to have reduced speeds and have all of the safety improvements in place. Why? Well there are really two aspects:
1) Motorists naturally drive slower in narrow lanes, even slightly wider lanes have a dramatic increase in motorist's speed.
This section is a work in progress. Please use the comment section at the bottom of the page to ask questions, state concerns, ideas, or any other constructive feedback.
This webpage pertains to the Santa Cruz / Alameda Y Intersection. Our community has the distinction of having one of the most dangerous intersections in all of County. Core to that problem is obviously the design that has skewed road approaches and high speed design, both at odds with Federal Highway guidelines.