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Alameda Transportation Commission Denies Citizen’s All-Way Stop Petition

Residents have been asking the City of Alameda for an all-way stop at Robert Davey Jr. Drive and Channing Way.

Residents have been asking the City of Alameda for an all-way stop at Robert Davey Jr. Drive and Channing Way.

By Erica Madison

“From an engineering perspective there’s not much we can do,” Matthew Naclerio said in a recent Alameda Transportation Commission meeting.

This recommendation from Public Works director Matthew Naclerio stamped another denial on a fifteen year battle to deal with speeding at the intersection of Robert Davey Junior Drive and Channing Way.

The petition was brought forth by Clipper Cove resident Cindy Lum. Ms. Lum and the 161 residents who signed her petition wanted an all-way stop put in at the intersection.

The residents are constantly deluged with what Clipper Cove Owners Association President Mary Anderson called “Too many close calls.”

The number one concern is visibility. The curve in the road on Robert Davey Junior Drive forces drivers to creep into the intersection before they can see oncoming traffic and often makes them at risks for accidents. Ms. Lum also pointed out to the commission that drivers often exceed the speed limit, going as fast as forty-one miles and often fail to yield to pedestrians.

Unfortunately for the residents of Clipper Cove, the intersection of Robert Davey Junior Drive and Channing Way, doesn’t meet the State of California’s requirements for an All-Way Stop.

Here are some of the reasons the Transportation Commission denied their request for a second time:

Not enough volume

4,734 vehicles pass Robert Davey Junior Drive per day, but on a school day between the hours of 7:00 am to 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the public works survey shows only eleven pedestrians and nine bicyclists crossed from that street.

Visibility is not an issue

If drivers want to increase visibility they have option of driving into the bike lane.

No incident reports

The last accident at the intersection of Robert Davey Junior Drive and Channing Way occurred in May 2009. The public works staff has checked police incident reports from August 2009 to July 2012 and found no additional accidents.

The Transportation Commission approved Public Works denial with a request to look at other alternatives to remedy the problem, such as increasing the length of the bicycle lane.

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