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."* 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.
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* Safe Routes to School, Tools to Reduce Crossing Distances for Pedestrians
** Slate, How Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?
WSJ, Pedestrian Deaths at highest in 100 years