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Portola Valley: Neighbors irate and fearful over cut-through traffic

Original post made on Mar 20, 2014

Motorists tend to find paths of least resistance, those combinations of streets and intersections that make for the most efficient travel between point A and point B. Residents along Corte Madera Road are fed up with this behavior.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9:26 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by pvrez, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

worst drivers on the road are parents taking their kids to school running late and teenagers, ranked in that order. alpine road is littered with signs most drivers completely ignore - one more isn't going to change a thing. the article makes it sound like they know who these bad actors are - the sheriff should just deal with them directly.


Posted by PV resident, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Seems the root of the problem is too many cars taking kids to/from school.
I assume there have been studies for expanded bus / carpool capacity ?


Posted by pvrez, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

to me it seems speed is the root, number of cars is an amplifier.

and while we're on the subject, can every one slow down on cervantes. speed limit is 25 and plenty of folks do 35-40.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Seems to me the kids should not be lazy and walk or bike to school. Fattys!


Posted by parent, a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

If the problem is only in the 20 minutes before school every day, posting a couple of cops during that time should not be very difficult. Protecting innocent children should be the police department's top priority, especially when the time and location of the threat is well known. Quit giving out warnings. Drivers won't change their ways until points pile up on their licenses.


Posted by Les, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Mar 21, 2014 at 4:20 am

Same problem on Selby lane in Atherton. No sidewalks, nor a bike lane and overgrowth forces parents with strollers into traffic lanes.


Posted by PVRESIDENT, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

THERE IS YET ANOTHER CUT-THRU AREA THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. PEOPLE WHO TIRE OF THE WAIT ON ALPINE RD VERY OFTEN CUT THRU THE ROBERTS PARKING LOT TO PORTOLA RD - THEN UP ALPINE TO CORTE MADERA. THESE PEOPLE DRIVE LIKE DEAMONS THRU THE PARKING LOT SOON SOMEONE WILL GET HURT


Posted by MP Resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

If it's really a 30 minute time period where people are doing things that are actually against the law / signage, station a few motorcycle cops there and just start picking them off. Enforce the stop signs, enforce the speed limit, and people will learn to behave (or you will make enough traffic ticket revenue that you can cut taxes.


Posted by Nimby Whiners, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Get over it folks. There is traffic congestion in the morning and the afternoon in EVERY TOWN IN THE U.S. Try turning onto Valparaiso or Santa Cruz Avenue at 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. Changing public thoroughfares to "school only" is completely ridiculous...I have just as much right to use them whenever I desire, just as you and your kids do!


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I was struck by the NIMYness of this, too. However, there are looming safety issues. I hate the whole "cut through" lingo. It's utter bs. Speed bumps? Traffic cops? Traffic cops until speed bumps installed? Parents taking turn volunteering w/kids as crossing guards but who actually walk/cycle w/the kids?


Posted by ddffsdfds, a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Seriously? The area was studied for a year and found "low volume of cars and low speed". This is a non-issue. A few bad apples driving a bit too fast? Welcome to life.

Roads are for transportation, a public good.


Posted by Tunbridge Wells, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

Tunbridge Wells is a registered user.

"Roads are for transportation, a public good. "

No, roads are for people, including people in cars, people on bikes, and people on foot. If people in cars are endangering pedestrians, that's a problem. Everyone is a pedestrian when they get out of their car. A little more enforcement is far preferable to waiting until someone is injured or killed.


Posted by sue, a resident of Ormondale School
on Mar 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

What ever happens to kids taking the busses????


Posted by Mitigation , a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

Has any mitigation a been studied?


Posted by Donald, a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Most school districts stopped their bus programs in the early 1990s to save money, dumping the traffic and transportation problem on the cities and the general public. That is the answer to a question about taking buses. As for the question about taking "busses", I am sure that still happens. The word "buss" with the double "s" means kiss, while that with the single "s" is a motor vehicle.


Posted by X-rez, a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

It can be good to be bussed at any age.

May even lead to public transportation.


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