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Public Works Proposes Street Changes Near Maya Lin School

The City of Alameda Public Works Department is proposing changes to the streets around Maya Lin school to improve pedestrian safety.

The City of Alameda Public Works Department is proposing changes to the streets around Maya Lin school to improve pedestrian safety.

The City of Alameda Public Works Department is proposing changes to streets in the vicinity of Maya Lin school, in response to concerns from residents about pedestrian safety.

The department studied Eighth Street from Lincoln Avenue to Central Avenue, and Santa Clara Avenue from Eighth Street to Ninth Street and, in a community letter, published on the City of Alameda website today, made a number of recommendations.

The first recommendation is to paint white stop bars for vehicles on the street, 5 feet in front of the crosswalk yellow hatching, the purpose being to make the crosswalk more visible and create more space between vehicles and the crosswalk.

The intersection at Grand Street and Encinal Avenue provides an example of how this looks in practice.

A second recommendation is to paint a white stripe to delineate the travel lane from curb parking areas along Eighth Street from Lincoln to Central Avenue. This is an attempt to reduce the incidence of collisions between moving and parked cars.

The letter, signed by Public Works Director Bob Haun, warns residents to make sure that parked vehicles fit between the curb and white line, and do not protrude into the travel lane; Alameda police will be issuing citations.

Within the next 4 to 8 weeks, the red curb stripe along the southwest corner of Eight Street at Haight Avenue will be repainted, to improve visibility of the ‘no parking’ indicator to keep cars from parking along that stretch of road. Other stretches of red curb striping in the area will also be repainted.

Over the past 5 years, public works staff identified 8 collisions at the intersection of Eighth Street and Santa Clara, 2 of which involved bicycles; the bicycle collisions were attributed to cyclists not following the rules of the road.

Staff are recommending bicycle safety education classes for students of Maya Lin and has submitted grant applications to support the classes.

Finally, public works staff are recommending increased traffic violation enforcement in the area by Alameda police, and resident participation in the police department’s Neighborhood Speed Watch program. Through the program, residents use a radar gun to identify speed violators, and capture license plate numbers. Violators are then sent a courtesy notice as a warning.

A request from residents that public works rejected is one to install all-way stop signs at the intersection of Santa Clara and Ninth Street. The public works department says that the conditions at the intersection do not warrant an all-way stop.

This recommendation can be appealed however. Anyone interested in filing an appeal must do so by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 1, and pay a non-refundable appeal fee.

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