A critical point is at the “Y” intersection of Santa Cruz and the beginning of Alameda de las Pulgas. This intersection is unacceptably dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and those residents that have driveways there.
The engineering of this intersection is poorly done and yet no corrective actions have been done, even after several safety and traffic studies. The 2010 Berkeley Pedestrian Safety Assessment seems to have been ignored.
Just some of the many issues:
- Crosswalks are excessively long requiring long exposure of pedestrians
- Crosswalks are at unsafe angles to traffic flow and have poor visibility
- No stop limit lines at crosswalks to keep cars at safe distance
- NE corner is blind and no traffic control button to get to small island
- NW corner at Campo Bello blind - SB right turn can’t see pedestrians
- NE Bound Santa Cruz is high speed turn and nearly always green
- Residents can’t safely exit their properties along turn of Santa Cruz
- Absolutely no bike lane guidance or awareness - a no mans land
- Lack of mitigation of traffic speed, even on NE curve
- Unusual addition of a third NB traffic lane prior to the turn
- Excessive lane changes by NB traffic due to added lane
- No proper walkways or sidewalks north and east of “Y”
- Traffic signs and poles in middle of walkways
Traffic often underestimates the safe speed for the NB curve at the “Y”. Neighborhood children live in these houses and in the example below, the children's lemonade stand is just a few feet from traffic that is whizzing by at 35mph along a curve that only gives seconds of reaction time to conditions hidden by the curve.
The other photos here show the disrepair of the walkways, sign poles that block access to the path, and results of out of control vehicles. Thank– fully there were no pedestrians on that pathway when the truck struck.The goal in this annotated photo is to insure an understanding that this intersection is poorly engineered and extremely unsafe for all that use it. On the following pages there are potential solution options, some based on the 2010 Berkeley Pedestrian Safety Assessment. But keep in mind, there are far more serious issues than those shown here.
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