The intersection at Palo Alto Way and Santa Cruz is a major crosswalk that connects to the Palo Alto Way bus stop and connects the various communities (Menlo Commons, Oak Hollow, University Park) with each other. It has been a continual site of traffic accidents including a pedestrian fatality.
Multithreat Pedestrian Crosswalk
Palo Alto Way requires safety mitigation. There are several severe safety issues that have remained unaddressed, inclulding the serious multithreat crossing: "Multiple-lane threat is a problem that arises when pedestrians have to cross more than one lane in each direction. A multiple-threat pedestrian crash is a crash type that occurs when a motor vehicle in one lane stops and provides a visual screen to the motorist in the adjacent lane. The motorist in the adjacent lane continues to move and hits the pedestrian."* (see above video link) We have had many near misses and a death from this very issue. An issue that has several easy to implement safety measures to correct.**
Below, we have documented several severe safety issues. All of these issues can be solved at very low cost. Even the pedestrian activated crosswalk safety lights cost in the $16k range, all other safety featuers are only in the hundreds of dollars -- considering life or injury, or even sense of safety, these costs are virtually nothing.
A Summary of Improvements needed to make motorists better aware of crosswalk usage:
Immediately doable safety tasks:
- Advance Stop Lines before Crosswalk
- Pedestrian activated traffic crosswalk lights
- Pedestrian Warning Bollard on crosswalk
- Define the right most lane with a shoulder stripe
Actions that are needed but could wait until the road reconfiguration:
- Correct Night Street Lighting for Crosswalk
- Improve Bus Stop
- Provide ADA curb cuts and bulb out
- Add KEEP CLEAR to intersection
Click on the File link below to see the full Safety Issue and proposed solution options. Have a suggestion or concern? Enter your Comment below.
* Safe Routes to School, Tools to Reduce Crossing Distances for Pedestrians
** Slate, How Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?
Our West Menlo Community's Actions to implement safer Crosswalk
WSJ, Pedestrian Deaths at highest in 100 years