Blogging Bayport Alameda

August 20, 2019

Slow down in town

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Both #1 daughter and #2 son are Junior Jets now and while walking them to school yesterday  (okay, I drove but parked far away to not add to the congestion) we noticed some very questionable speeding around the school during drop off time.  #2 son asked why someone would drive like that around school.  I told him that sometimes people were more concerned about getting their kids to school quickly than being mindful about other kids.

So maybe we can all just slow down a little bit as we travel past either our kids’ schools or just any school in general since it’s other people’s babies that are crossing streets and just trying to get to school.

As a reminder, the greater the speed in which you’re traveling the harder it is to stop.

ABC7 took out Alameda’s Vice Mayor (in his other non Alameda role) on a drive at the Cow Palace to test braking while traveling at certain speeds. Imagine if the cone was a kid or any pedestrian.


  1. Bring back speed enforcement. It’s been almost non-existent the last few years.

    Comment by dave — August 20, 2019 @ 6:11 am

  2. It could be commuters adjusting to the fact that school has started, and traffic guards at school crossings are adding to their commute time. Maybe “Go Slow – Kids are Back to School” flashing signage would be helpful for commuters in the weeks prior to school starting. It will serve as a reminder to add 5 -10 minutes to their commuting time.

    Comment by Karen Bey — August 20, 2019 @ 6:41 am

  3. At broadway and San Jose both signs for crossing were wiped out the week before school started. Yes, much more enforcement. B in back the decoys.

    Comment by Djs — August 20, 2019 @ 7:05 am

    • put a 4 way stop sign at that intersection on Broadway, that will probably save a life.

      Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — August 20, 2019 @ 8:59 am

      • Yes, it is badly needed.

        Comment by dave — August 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am

      • Cal trans has promised a pedestrian light for years. Keeps getting un prioritized. Calls would help.

        Comment by Djs — August 21, 2019 @ 6:36 am

        • It is CA-61 which makes it a formal Cal Trans responsibility, but what is stopping the city from putting up a stop sign? Signs and paint would be less than a day’s work for a crew.

          What’s Cal Trans gonna do, arrest the city? Remove the signs? Just do it.

          Comment by dave — August 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am

  4. here across from Encinal High we hear the sirens from the motorcycle guys going off every couple minutes, that seems to work very well. they do give out tickets, so slow down. please.

    Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — August 20, 2019 @ 8:56 am

    • Glad that’s happening. I struggle to recall the last time I saw a speed trap. They used to be frequent and they had the intended effect on speed. I’d say the average speed on most streets is 35 rather than the posted 25. As a frequent biker I feel a lot less safe than a few years ago.

      Comment by dave — August 20, 2019 @ 10:24 am

      • Atlantic’s is 35 so everyone, except the slowpokes who obey posted speed signs, drives 50 minimum. Seems to work well.

        Comment by Jack — August 20, 2019 @ 5:34 pm

  5. And today’s trivia game is what Alameda street has a posted speed limit of 45 MPH?

    Comment by Mike McMahon — August 20, 2019 @ 6:32 pm

    • Doolittle

      Comment by dave — August 20, 2019 @ 6:53 pm

    • Webster st. Coming into Alameda from the tube.

      Comment by John P — August 20, 2019 @ 7:49 pm

    • Harbor Bay Parkway

      Comment by Mike McMahon — August 22, 2019 @ 7:33 am

  6. Street design is proven effective. This is the path to solve the problem where enforcement and good deeds, and lousy retrofits such as STOP signs, speed bumps, etc., will forever fall short. Examples of poor design in town are Otis Drive – understandable given the era it was build, and the rather unforgivable, the very poor design of Willie Stargell Ave. that fully encourages speeding while not leaving enough room for a bike lane. Crazy foolish that. A shocking example of ineptitude for all to experience. Of course it can be made worse with STOP signs, so expect that at some point….

    While folks will gripe at first, the fix to speeding is to narrow streets and installing a bike paths where possible and productive such as what was done on Shoreline. Good design also includes old school narrow street designs with on-street parking such as San Jose or Alameda Ave. and Clinton. Most everything on Bay Farm is designed for efficient car use, so all the sensory cues lead to speeding. The fix on the section of Central serving the large number of students in the many school locations on the west side of town is to install a bike lane which will narrow the street but more importantly, will create an environment that really addresses the problem – a mode shift where kids will be encouraged, even expected to bike to school and parents will have the security of a safe environment for their children.

    Comment by Randy Rentschler — August 21, 2019 @ 1:13 pm

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