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Nicole Bergeron March 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
There needs to be protection for Sequoia students trying to get to/from campus. Teens are still kids and drivers are very distracted...esp. on Brewster.
Andrew Boone March 22, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Woodside Rd & Middlefield Rd is insanely unsafe for pedestrians to cross Woodside Rd. No crosswalks, no signals for pedestrians. Ridiculous. Please fix this.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive March 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Andrew, that's why there is a pedestrian bridge about 50 yards from the intersection. Pedestrians are not supposed to cross it.
Andrew Boone March 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The pedestrian bridge near Woodside Rd & Middlefield Rd is very inconvenient and itself unsafe for pedestrians - one's path is very confined once inside of it - making one vulnerable to a robbery or assault. By prohibiting pedestrians from crossing a major intersection that motorists and bicyclists are allowed to cross, Redwood City is sending the message "Pedestrians Not Welcome Here.", in violation of it's General Plan, which is supposed to prioritize and promote travel on foot.
Claire Felong March 22, 2012 at 04:58 PM
The Hudson and Roosevelt intersection is a 4 way stop but is so busy with so many left turns from all directions that I believe it is time for a traffic light.
Kathy Schneider March 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I agree with Andrew. There ought to be space at this intersection devoted to pedestrians. This is an extremely dangerous unwalkable part of the city.
Andrew Boone March 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Billy and Kathy, has Redwood City attempted to work with Caltrans to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Woodside Rd (State Highway 84) at Middlefield Rd, Bay Rd, or Broadway? If not, why not? Please let me know if you or anyone else you know might be interested in working on this. Thanks. nauboone@gmail.com.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive March 22, 2012 at 07:50 PM
In fact, the city is working constantly with Caltrans on Woodside Road issues. That's how we got the pedestrian bridge in the first place. That intersection is more congested than Woodside and Broadway and pedestrian traffic makes the latter even more difficult. Caltrans does not want pedestrian traffic in the intersection but the city insisted on a solution, The bridge is what Caltrain agreed to. We may not like it but that is the say it is. If you want to change it, you have to go to Sacramento. The option is to use what we have available.
Andrew Boone March 22, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Lou, did Redwood City staff specifically request pedestrian crosswalks for Woodside Rd & Middlefield Rd from Caltrans? If so, and if Caltrans rejected that request, why did they reject it? Are there any documents associated with this decision? Any traffic or study for it? What about for the other two Woodside Rd intersections mentioned by Billy James (Bay Rd and Broadway)? Thanks very much.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive March 22, 2012 at 09:09 PM
It was done a very long time ago. In fact, it was discussed while I was still in junior high and writing on clay tablets. I remember the hubbub in the community regarding the need for a way for Hoover School students to cross Woodside safely and the result was the bridge. Essentially, now, Caltrans refuses pretty much every request to improve Woodside Road because the funds are not there. I know the City is negotiating with them on taking over some of the financial burden, but we're not in much better shape than the state. I personally don't agree with the idea of restoring crosswalks at that intersection (yes, we once had them there), because it caused enormous traffic problems then. It would be even worse now. Woodside has far too many choke points as it is. I've used that bridge many times and have never felt threatened by anything other than bicyclists. And judging from the foot traffic I see coming over it at the beginning and end of the school day, I don't think many people feel threatened. A crosswalk at the intersection would cause more problems than it solves.
Andrew Boone March 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Lou, I understand that you are opposed to the installation of crosswalks at Woodside Rd & Middlefield Rd. But do you know the answers to any of my questions? Did Redwood City staff specifically request pedestrian crosswalks for Woodside Rd & Middlefield Rd from Caltrans? If so, and if Caltrans rejected that request, why did they reject it? Are there any documents associated with this decision? Any traffic or study for it? What about for the other two Woodside Rd intersections mentioned by Billy James (Bay Rd and Broadway)?
Lou Covey, The Local Motive March 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
As I said previously, the discussion about pedestrian traffic at the intersection was resolved many years ago. It was decided the best option was the bridge. Currently Bay road and Broadway both have crosswalks.
Andrew Boone March 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Does anyone know the details as to what recent efforts Redwood City staff have made (if any) to get crosswalks installed across Woodside Rd at Middlefield Rd? Specifically, I'd like to know: Has Redwood City staff made such a request from Caltrans? If so, and if Caltrans rejected that request, why did they reject it? Are there any documents associated with this decision? Any traffic or study for it? What about for the other two Woodside Rd intersections mentioned by Billy James (Bay Rd and Broadway)? Any requests from staff for crosswalks at those intersections (where they are missing) or for high-visibility crosswalks?
Claire Felong March 24, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Yes Nicole and northbound James @ ElCamino needs a left-turn only light. Someone is always making a left when others are coming straight our of Sequoia Station or making a right to move into the left lane. Best bet here would be a pedestrian overpass for safety.
Claire Felong March 24, 2012 at 09:08 PM
El Camino and Woodside are both state-owned roada along with the 101 so CalTrans is key to changes. The 101/Woodside is the recognized worst freeway intersection in San Mateo County. As citizens we should all be making regular visits to City Council meetings and writing regularly to CalTrans to bring this to the top of their priority list.
COH March 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It is the intersection of El Camino & Devonshire Ave. The west side of El Camino is Oakwood. MANY accidents. Those who live here - never, ever move on the green light from the side streets - we count to 5! There are ALWAYS red light runners. Every single day. AND - there have been Photo Enforcement signs up both north & south bound THAT ARE TOTALLY FAKE! They have been there at LEAST two years, so only newbies in the area think they are real. What up with that?????
COH March 25, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Um - speaking of Middlefield & Woodside. Has anyone else but ME noticed the bridge over the RR tacks is not only crumbling, but SINKING??? I would guess the indentation 'bump' at the connector going east is about two inches lower than the road and growing every year - it's just as bad going west. WHAT is going to happen when all those new homes go in at Mel's Bowl location??? That 1940's era bridge will fail eventually. Mark my words. I avoid it like the plague - I don't want to be on it when it falls. PLUS, traffic going to 101 is HORRENDOUS in the AM. AND that entire section of Woodside from 101 to past the bridge is a DISGRACE and a BLIGHT on the city! Full of weeds, overgrown bushes and all manner of filth and debris.
COH March 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
They need a flashing- lighted crosswalk on Woodside at the weird Stabuck's intersection. Where Fixtures & Faucets is. It is DARK - the crosswalk is practically in the middle of the road, and not near a REAL intersection. VERY Dangerous for anyone crossing at anytime of the day - ESPECIALLY at night when everyone wears black!
Lou Covey, The Local Motive March 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I can't find any of those places or landmarks in Rewood City. Can you be a little more specific?
COH March 26, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Gordon & Woodside, I think. Just east of Safeway. Near the little strip mall where Papa Murphy's used to be and now it's Bay Burger. Across from the H&R Block office. It's a HORRIBLE place for a crosswalk - and it desperately needs those flashing lights. Actually - ALL crosswalks on Woodside can use them. That street is DARK at night.
COH March 26, 2012 at 02:38 AM
LOL - they 'fixed' it once about 5 years ago - and made it WORSE! The south side of woodside - Woodside to 101 south, and Woodside to 101, North. AND believe it or not - the GHASTLY traffic to the main post officeis going to get WORSE! The Bohannon Post office is closing, and unless they find a location to rent - they want all people going to the Main Post Office on Broadway! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?! Getting in, or especially OUT of the post office parking lot is a NIGHTMARE, NOW! ESPECIALLY OUT trying to go south on Broadway!! Sometimes you are stuck in the parking lot for ten minutes before you can get out - and getting in?? If it's full, you are SOL.
COH March 26, 2012 at 02:41 AM
That whole intersection is messed up - you have to be careful because the lanes jigger to the left then right and the lines are all faded - it HORRENDOUS! And the whole Costco / Middlefield fiasco. I don't even want to go THERE!
COH March 26, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Actually - driving at night at all has become a HUGE hazzard with those new ultra bright white headlights that blind you for about 5 minutes after they shine in your eyes either directly or in the rear view mirror. WHY ARE THOSE LEGAL!?!?!?! I will get a ticket driving with my brights on! And yet THOSE are right at eye level (esp. an SUV's lights) and they literally BLIND you - even in the daytime!
COH March 26, 2012 at 02:46 AM
A little west of Popeye's chicken.
Sarah H. March 26, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I have to agree with you about that crosswalk, Celine. One would be putting their life in jeopardy to cross there, and yet people do every day. I think, actually, several years back a pedestrian was either severely injured or killed at that spot. I hope I'm wrong, but if memory serves....
residentwithopinions June 08, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Cleveland and Jefferson, it's the crosswalk going over to Northstar Academy and Sequia Highschool. Can't tell you how many screeching tires I hear, I almost got hit a few days ago, because Jefferson is 2 lanes so maybe one car in each lane will stop but the other lane is a toss up, people are TEXTING, not paying attention etc.. it's really bad. Major crosswalks need the flashing lights. Also we REALLY NEED RED LIGHT CAMERAS at Jefferson and El Camino. People run the left turning light onto El Camino North all day long! The whole counting to 5 thing is true, people run reds so often around here you have to wait a few seconds to even consider driving when the light turns green for you. Where are the cops!!?? RWC could make a ton of money ticketing these people. But the more cheap housing developments RWC approves think, old Dodge Dealership and Mels Bowl, the worse it's going to get because 1- RWC doesn't time the lights long enough so traffic backs up, 2- increase traffic makes people drive worse. Speaking of lights, can they fix the Hopkins at El Camino light already!!?? It is the LONGEST light, and sometimes doesn't turn green for 2 cycles...
Andrew Boone June 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
residentwithopinions, True that. Unsafe motorist behavior is common, and I don't really blame the motorists but instead I think it has a lot to do with unsafe street designs (super wide streets, wide lanes, crosswalks you can hardly see - all designed to make cars go fast - bad idea). But this is actually good news because it means we can easily fix the problem by fixing the streeets. I'm looking for residents interested in improving Redwood City intersections and streets - can you please contact me, and let me know about anyone who is interested in this? Do you use Facebook? Find me on Facebook? I'm Andrew Boone, East Palo Alto resident. Is there a way to send me a private message via Patch? I just don't really wanna put my email address right here.... Please contact me. Thanks.
Andrew Boone June 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Oh, I guess I don't mind putting my email address right here! I did that above... Hey everybody - let's fix our streets and make them safe for walking, bicycling, and driving. There are simple things we can do to get Redwood City to make streets safer for everyone. Who's With Me! Then please contact me - nauboone@gmail.com Thanks.
Kathy Schneider June 09, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I agree with Andrew on this one. The pedestrian bridge was an okay-sorta workaround idea, at the time the "expressway" part of Woodside Rd. was planned, however we as a community are discovering we want to be more bike and pedestrian friendly. Also I might add a note for the bikers, that riding a bicycle eastbound Woodside Rd @ Middlefield is especially treacherous due to dense Costco-bound traffic backing up in the right turn lane/shoulder of the road coupled with a lack of bike lane. The businesses at Seaport Blvd are virtually un-bikeable in general, for those who value their lives.
Jill Clardy December 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Although many have cited pedestrian safety at the Woodside / Middlefield intersection, red light runners are a huge menace also. If I am at the light when it turns Green I ALWAYS wait and count the vehicles that run the light, then I proceed cautiously into the intersection. Seems like a perfect place for cameras... The state or city or whoever has jurisdiction will rake in the fines, and hopefully eventually train drivers to respect the traffic signals.

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