Posted by zoom zoom, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Wasn't there a rollover crash at that intersection just a couple of months ago? With the coffee shop and cafe at that corner and homes lining both streets, there is always plenty of pedestrian traffic at this corner. Please obey the speed limits before you kill someone.
Posted by Driver, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Oct 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Some strange comments here.
Loma Verde and Middlefield are both 25 mph roads. I don't know about this crash, but this is a very busy intersection with cars turning in each direction and many pedestrians and bikes using it as well as motor traffic. This is particularly true at school commute times.
This intersection needs improving in my opinion. It is as busy as Meadow/Middlefield and also Charleston/Middlefield. Both of these intersections have dedicated turning lights. I am not sure if there is space for dedicated turning lanes, but we definitely need to do something to improve this intersection. I use this intersection daily and if I am turning at commute times I often can't make it on one green due to the number of pedestrians, bikes, turning vehicles, etc. Sometimes I can't make it straight across on one green light.
Yes, we do have traffic moving faster than 25, but that is not the only problem at this intersection.
As an aside, there is often PAFD parked illegally on the Loma Verde bike lane while the PAFD are buying coffee at Phil'z. This adds to the difficulty of bikes and vehicles at this intersection.
Posted by zoom zoom, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm
Other intersections on Middlefield Road have lots of traffic and no left turn lanes, e.g. around downtown. However, those intersections have fewer and less dramatic crashes because drivers mostly pay attention and obey the speed limits. The speeders don't really take over Middlefield until south of Embarcadero or even south of Colorado Ave (near Safeway).
Is Middlefield too wide through southern Palo Alto, encouraging more speeding? Or are there too many blocks between stop lights? There are plenty of schools, churches, homes, etc. along Middlefield, so there is plenty of reason for cars to slow down. Why don't they?