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SAFE Issue #3 - Crosswalk at Sharon+Santa Cruz

Crosswalk is hard to see and the cause of many rear end accidents - false safety

The intersection at Sharon Rd and Santa Cruz and Oakdell is the site of ongoing and consistent traffic accidents.   There is limited visibility at times due to sunlight glare, shading, and trees, and an unusual offset of Sharon and Oakdell.  A common accident is rear ending when a lead car stops for pedestrians and the column of cars behind are not aware of the unexpected stop. 

An additional problem is that it is common for cars to not stop when pedestrians are crossing and this may be partially due to the in pavement lights are not very visible, and then only by the lead car not cars following.   The placement of the cross walk is also problematic as it is not where pedestrians or motorists would expect a crosswalk, but was placed there due to the curve.

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The existing pavement lights can be improved. The pavement lights at Ravenswood & Alma by the RR tracks are brighter and higher and more visible than the pavement lights at Santa Cruz & Sharon. The DPW maintenance plan should include a periodic review. Two of the 6 lights are out.

What little sidewalk is now in place on the southwest corner of Sharon and Santa Cruz required extensive and persistent lobbying before the Board of Supervisors (!) when the lot at that corner was subdivided by the developer. It seems absurd to require a $600 appeal to the BofS in order to get very simple safety improvement to this school-bus stop in the unincorporated area four blocks from La Entrada. The appeal was filed, the small sidewalk "island" at the corner was put in place so that pedestrians were not at risk from southbound cars trying to pass-on-the-right the stopped traffic trying to turn left onto Oakdell. Even more is the only safety improvement to this busy "cut-through" street in the last 10 years.

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