Editorial: Stoplights not best option for Ladera Portola Valley, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jul 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm
County supervisors did the right thing July 10 when they put the brakes on a Department of Public Works recommendation to seek funding to install stoplights on Alpine Road at the two entrances to and exits from Ladera. Even one light is too much for this pair of rural intersections, which do occasionally get busy but for most of the day are quite quiet.
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Posted by Margaret, a resident of another community, on Jul 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm
I am a former 18 year resident of Portola Valley who know lives in Redwood City. If you drive along Middlefield Road, near the library and along Broadway between Main Street and El Camino, there are a number of sidewalk lights that are activated either by physical sensor or by a push of a button. Many other pedestrian crossings have are well lined and have the vibrant "Pedestrian Crossing" signs warning that drivers must stop for peds. I know where they are now and am always very alert and cautious when driving so to be aware of peds. A Pavlov's Theory, if you will. This sort of installation at both La Cuesta and La Mesa may 1) help slow auto traffic (with perhaps some Sheriff observation for awhile to reinforce Pavlov) and allow pedestrians to have a greater sense of safety. Making all parties aware that Alpine is not Hwy 280, yet still allowing easy traffic flow (except perhaps at those 2 times, AM/PM, that conjestion occurs) may be the answer.