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Follow Up - Hazardous Situation- New Ballards and Request

From: domainremoved <Mary>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2018 06:15:24 -0800

Hello Kevin,

I am following up on the conversation and email that I sent to you two
weeks ago. (See below.) Per our previous conversation, you asked for a few
days to respond, but it's been two weeks and I've not heard back from
anyone. My previous email includes photos, however, I now also have videos
which show the kids riding their bike and crossing the street at the
ballards as well riding on the wrong side of the street. (The video is not
going through on email but I can text it to you or anyone else who is
interested.) *However, I am also wondering if you or anyone else on this
email chain has taken the time to personally observe this situation?* It
occurs in the morning, usually between 7:50-8:10am.

*Again, I can't understand why there is not a designated bike lane between
Middle Ave and Santa Cruz Avenue when clearly this is a major pathway and
intersection to the school. *(Again, on one given day, I counted at least
70 bikes in 20 minutes!)

Would you please let us know the status of this situation?

Thank you very much.

Mary Jo and Brian McCarthy

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 10:28 AM Mary Jo McCarthy <mjmccarthy101_at_(domainremoved)

> Hello Kevin,
> Thank you for your time yesterday discussing the unsafe bike/car situation
> on Olive Street/Santa Cruz while the kids are coming to and leaving
> Hillview. I understand that you have just installed the ballards in order
> to prevent the parents from dropping their kids off at that location on
> Olive St; however, the parked cars may be gone, but the danger to the
> bicyclists has now been inadvertently increased. I personally observed and
> photographed the bike/pedestrian and car traffic this morning at drop off
> time. Attached are the photos and following are my observations. In
> addition, City Service Officer, Swarna Sharma, was also present towards the
> end of my observation time and concurred with me on several of these points.
> 1. Starting at 7:55am, I observed over 70 kids riding their bikes to
> school on Olive Street in order to cross at the Santa Cruz Ave
> intersection. *At least 70% of these kids were riding on the wrong
> side of the street - facing oncoming traffic.* (See photos)
> 2. I observed some of these kids crossing Olive St in the middle of
> the block at the point where the ballards start. In other words, they were
> initially riding on the correct side of the street, but when they came to
> the ballards, they crossed over and continued their ride on the wrong side
> of the street. Obviously a dangerous situation, particularly because cars
> turning from Santa Cruz to Olive would not expect a bike to be in the
> middle of the road at that point on Olive St. (See photo of how ballard and
> pole block/detour bikes from using the blacktop.)
> 3. For those bicyclists who were riding on the correct side of the
> street, some road to the left of the ballards (sharing the road with the
> cars without adequate clearance) and some road to the right of the
> ballards, i.e. in the gutter or on the blacktop which is meant for the
> pedestrians. (see photos)
> As you can see in the photo, *there is not adequate clearance for both
> the cars and the bicyclist.* *This is another accident waiting to
> happen! *In addition, if as you suggested, the bicyclists ride to the
> right of the ballards, this is also not a safe situation for the
> pedestrians or the bicyclist. (For example, I observed a bicyclist riding
> on the correct side of the street, but when he saw the pedestrian on the
> blacktop to the right of the ballards, he was forced to stay to the left
> side of the ballards and into traffic.)
> *In summary, although I appreciate the city's efforts to eliminate the
> parked cars in this location, my observations and supporting photos
> demonstrate that the recent solution of installing ballards has
> inadvertently created a worse hazard and also reinforced the unsafe
> behavior of cyclists riding on the wrong side of the street.*
> Again, I am asking you and the city to take the following steps:
> *Remove the ballards and install a green bike lane or a different solution
> that would ensure maximum safety for all bicyclists, pedestrians and
> especially the school children.* I realize that a bike lane may take more
> time to implement, so in the meantime, I am asking that you provide a
> simple, quick and immediate solution that would include the following:
> *1. Remove the ballards immediately.*
> *2. Make the No Parking signs more visible, as they are currently covered
> by the foliage.*
> *3. Enlarge/widen the "red" no parking painted strip.*
> *4. Have a police officer on hand initially during drop-off times to issue
> tickets for violators.*
> Thank you again for your time and thoughtful consideration of this very
> important situation. As I previously mentioned, I am happy to meet with you
> or anyone else to further observe and discuss any options.
> Sincerely,
> Mary Jo McCarthy
> 650-400-6364 cell
Received on Fri Nov 09 2018 - 06:13:30 PST

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