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Frogger

Frogger

Anyone remember that old video game?  In it you are a frog that is trying to cross the street without getting hit by cars.

It’s a very entertaining concept as a video game, but it’s not something we would want to emulate in real life.

Everyone knows how dangerous any intersection on El Camino is to cross.  This is already a major impediment for many of us in allowing our kids to walk to school. Think about the intersection as it is now and then take a look at the traffic flow patterns after SCTV is built.  Click on the picture for a better view.

El Camino Traffic Flow

There are six new driveways on El Camino for Residents of SCTV, Caltrain commuters and retail shoppers.  There are three places where drivers can make legal U-Turns, Holly Street/El Camino and San Carlos Avenue/El Camino being two of the three.  Think about 280 units with 1.5 cars each, that is 420 cars from residents alone making Right turns, Left turns, and U-Turns on El Camino.  How exactly does adding more vehicles add to the pedestrian experience when trying to cross El Camino at the new pedestrian oriented plaza?

NESC residents have it especially bad since the bulk of residential units will be north of Holly.  Trying to cross Holly and Old County and then Holly and El Camino looks like it will be much more difficult.  Where are the improvements for pedestrians other than two brick colored crosswalks at San Carlos and El Camino?

Think about the Frogger video game and you can envision what I’m concerned about.

2 Comments

  1. Scot,

    Good point about Old County. We will definitely see a traffic impact on it, not only because of the addition of traffic lights on El Camino, but also from all of the Caltrain commuters and soon to be High Speed Rail travelers who will realize how much closer our neighborhood is than the official Caltrain parking lot once it is moved further south.

    The point about the traffic and circulation committee is well taken and I believe that that committee actually needs to examine the impacts.

    Thanks

  2. Great Article. This is an important reason the Transportation and Circulation Commission needs to review this project. Another reason is these changes on El Camino will force more traffic onto Old County, what will the City do to slow down traffic on Old County?
    Scot

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