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Temporary Willows traffic calming modifications

From: domainremoved <"e_doyle_at_>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 15:06:43 -0800

Mayor Keith and Members of the City Council:

I expected Willows activists to seize on the chaos of Caltrans’ Willow/101 interchange work to panic residents and the Council into remapping Willows traffic flow to suit their agenda. They’ve been at it for over 25 years.

While this apparent spike in cut-through traffic justifies temporary measures to protect Willows streets which are affected, this is the worst possible time to make permanent changes in our street grid. The 2017 Willows Cut-through Traffic Analysis introduced in May must be paused until the Caltrans project is complete and Willows traffic patterns have stabilized. Only then can a new baseline be established for evaluation of possible street changes. Only then can a sensible balance be struck between the interests of Willows traffic activists and the rest of us.

Therefore, I urge you to declare the following:

Measures taken at this time should be explicitly stated as temporary - to be removed by the date the Caltrans project is actually completed.
After completion of the Caltrans project, a sufficient time for establishment of new stable traffic patterns shall be allowed before proceeding with any Willows traffic studies.
Temporary measures taken at this time shall adhere as closely as possible to Menlo Park’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program in all regards, especially NTMP limits on traffic diversion to less affected Willows streets and delay of emergency response.
Having read Staff’s proposed modifications, it strikes me that its intent (if not the details) and its unintended consequences are identical to the Willows Area-Wide Traffic Study which you cancelled in 2011. The intent was to reduce traffic on Chester and its neighboring streets. The consequences would have been increased traffic on Gilbert, already the most heavily traveled Willows street, and its side streets.

For a graphic review of the history of the Willows traffic calming conflict please see www.SafeOpenStreets.net <http://www.safeopenstreets.net/> and click the HISTORY tab. The most recent instance, 2011’S Willows Area-WideTraffic Study is shown at the bottom of the page. For a detailed, plain English critique of that debacle, with graphics, click the three links.

Thank you for considering my suggestions,

Eric Doyle
Laurel Avenue
Received on Fri Dec 01 2017 - 15:11:13 PST

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