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News - May 26, 2023

Dangerous crossing worse than ever, Palo Alto residents say

Crashes are a common occurrence at intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Middlefield Road, near Addison Elementary

by Sue Dremann

Screeching brakes, blaring horns and crumpling metal are still a continual occurrence at one dangerous Palo Alto intersection, despite nearby residents having complained to the city for more than a decade. And the situation is only getting worse, they say.

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Posted by Patricia Morrow
a resident of Professorville
on May 26, 2023 at 9:33 am

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Perhaps the PAPD should have an officer stationed in this area during peak hours to monitor and enforce safety.

Posted by MikeMor
a resident of Professorville
on May 26, 2023 at 10:38 am

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I live on Lincoln and have written multiple letters to city council and the police dept. The answer when I get one is rougly "We are working on it" or We are studying it". To me this is code for nothing will change.

I suspect improvements will be made when one or more children are killed at this intersection.

Posted by Member
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm

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Finally! My daughter was hit by a speeding driver on that intersection last year. Few drivers respect a 25mph limit there, let alone the school zone 20mph that applies.
There is very poor visibility at the intersection. Also, why is there a school speed limit sign only on the Addison side of Middlefield? There is no such sign for drivers approaching Lincoln from Embarcadero.

Posted by Foster
a resident of Mayfield
on May 26, 2023 at 3:16 pm

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Thank goodness there is a signal at Addison and Middlefield that will stop the traffic for everybody that needs to cross Middlefield. Not sure why anybody would choose Lincoln when there is a safe alternative a few hundred feet away.

Posted by Alimc
a resident of Professorville
on May 27, 2023 at 11:35 am

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In the meantime use the lights at Addison to enter Middlefield. Much safer and not much further away.

Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 27, 2023 at 12:33 pm

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 27, 2023 at 7:20 pm

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I suspect Waze may route hurrying delivery drivers (from out of area) through this intersection, though that makes much less sense than other close nearby signalled intersections of Middlefield.

Google Maps advises route from our place to 101 by taking the one street without a light (so virtually impossible to make a left on the road leading to 101). Speeding vehicles coming off 101 there pose major risk to some hapless car trying to make a left (to reach the freeway)! Clearly better close nearby road options (with lights); are not advised.

People who rely on navi tech rather than their own eyes, experience (of an area’s streets, traffic patterns, options) are likely the problem. Add pressure to hurry up to pick up the next customer or etc. and they may choose to accelerate across Middlefield there though it is a bad choice.

These are a couple examples; I don’t dislike delivery or rideshare drivers -

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 27, 2023 at 10:49 pm

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I find it very calming to drive through this Middlefield strip as a resident of Palo Alto.
Way more safe than without Ballard s in place. Complaints are from unfamiliar with change, app based travel or where the car is king that make it more difficult.

The intersection at Cal Ave and ECR is a nightmare. A child killed in March 2020. One turn lane overgrown w dead grass and deflated cones on one side of ECR. The other a U Turn ok. VTA piling up two long busses on ECR in front of Wells Fargo. Children, families, pets, bicycles riders, wheelchairs, unhoused w/carts blind people crossing at ECR at Cal Ave/ECR . A family I observed working triple time to keep their small children on bikes safe thru a morass of site line interference. Autos. Right turn on red, ok. Car drivers blowing stops at Yale & Cal Ave. Stanford unmitigated right of way at Wells Fargo & Sand Hill Properties. People die when cities deny. I take a HUGE sigh when in the interior of “Parklette” yet why ? Round-a-bouts needed at Embarcadero & Page Mill/Oregon. These would so so calm the storm of travel thru . Why is the city not working w Cal Trans to figure a better traffic calming thru way? Wide diagonal white Striped cross walk and yellow flashing lights (like in Redwood City) than a cross at your own risk w no timed count down walk sign. It’s truly a grave mistake not to mitigate this heavily trafficked HWY cross over w better design, better engineering, better communication. Seeing a family at 3pm, of 5 w 3 on under 8 on bikes attempting to navigate the multiple site, sound, visual barriers was tragic. Aside from West Cal Ave having a 2 ton truck prohibited sign. Yet many 2 ton trucks use the street to get to a lot of the Stanford Research commercial properties, and circumvent by way of Hanover the PageMill ECR 4 way intersection light.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 27, 2023 at 11:12 pm

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@Annonomous. “Google Maps” is wrong.The algorithm map misdirects West and East on Cal Ave. it misdirects Drivers to a North & South path. It’s map coordinates are simply, wrong !!! I believe their billion dollar satellite is mapping (reading) a map from 100 years ago when it was a creek and not a street. Y2K is real way into the 21st Century. Google has not corrected for the East-West foot/bicycle traffic that heavily traverses this feeder commerce corridor street in to the East Cal Ave shopping district. Sucks. Get it together. If East Cal Ave is cut off from auto traffic, accommodate for the present.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 28, 2023 at 4:18 am

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Why College Terrace has their thru streets blocked to College and for all else it’s a walk, ride at your own risk. South west of cal Ave. good luck! CT is protected yet SRP and Mayfield and Stanford Terrace it’s a really vulnerable environment. CT cut the PA community off with thier street closures ... and now w East Cal Ave closure it’s way worse. Cal Ave ECR intersection is a true nightmare to traverse at any hour! TY no thanks to CTNA for making pedestrian, bicycle, progress worse.

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