Dangerous and Unacceptable El Camino Crosswalk Situation
Original post made by Concerned Citzen, Evergreen Park, on Jul 13, 2007
This intersection is exceedingly hazardous to pedestrians who want to make their way across El Camino to access JJ&F Market, and other destinations (including churches, laundromats, office buildings, etc.).
Signal lights at Stanford Ave. and Cambridge Ave. (as they intersect with El Camino) have within the last year been timed so that their is no break in traffic at the El Camino and College intersection to make a safe crossing.
Thus, pedestrians are forced to wait on a flimsy median in the middle of El Camino - with cars racing by them only a foot or two away.
Why can't the state move the Cambridge and El Camino signal to College and El Camino? There are many, many more residents on College than there are on Cambridge.
One other frustrating thing is that their is NO enforcement at the El Camino and College Avenue crosswalk.
I have seen countless numbers of senior citzens, children (many on their way to or from Escondido Elementary School), and others either stranded on the flimsy median as cars zoom by within a foot or two, or outright stranded in the middle of the street IN A CROSSWALK as one violater after another drives past, ignoring California law that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
This intersection is an accident waiting to happen. In fact, there was a fatality or near-fatality there some years ago.
Last, why on earth was a signal light placed at Cambridge and El Camino, instead of College and El Camino? There are probably a few thousand people that live on both sides of College Avenue, and only a a few doxen residents on Cambridge. Further, why are there two consecutive intersections (Cambridge and California) with signal lights? Why not move the Cambridge signal to College?
I am near outrage at this situation, which has existed for years, with no solutions forthcoming from CalTrans
In the meantime, we need more-than-occasional police enforcement to nail the irresponsible scofflaws that drive past senior citizens and others stranded in that crosswalk.