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Wed, March 6th at 8:15 AM - BPTS Committee Meeting Notice - Pedestrian Safety Study Draft Report

Post Date:02/20/2019 10:00 AM

  

BPTS Committee Meeting Notice: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 8:15 AM

The next Bicycle, Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Committee meeting (BPTS) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 8:15 am in the Historic School House at the Town Center - 765 Portola Road.

One of the continuing topics of the Committee is the Pedestrian Safety Study that is being performed by the Town as referenced in previous posts (see below). A community input meeting was held on December 6, 2018 and the meeting exhibits were posted in the library to seek further input until the advertised January 23rd public input period ended. At their March 6th Meeting, the BPTS Committee will be discussing the initial draft report results and follow-up actions. A follow-up presentation by the Traffic Consultant on the final draft of the Pedestrian Safety Study is currently planned for a BPTS Committee meeting in April. For further information, please refer to the Town's BPTS Committee webpage at: http://www.portolavalley.net/town-government/town-committees/bicycle-pedestrian-traffic-safety-committee-

Questions can be emailed to the BPTS Committee Chair Ed Holland and Public Works Director Howard Young at towncenter@portolavalley.net.

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Pedestrian Safety Study Meeting Exhibits Available in the Library until Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Comments Welcomed:

Thank you to those who attended the December 6th Community Input Meeting on the Pedestrian Safety Study. As part of the meeting, the audience was presented with a number of poster board exhibits that depicted aerial photos of the focus areas, and was asked to use sticky notes to comment on their areas of concern. For those who could not make the meeting, but are still interested in commenting, the Town has made the exhibits available for additional viewing and input opportunities. The exhibits will be available at the Portola Valley Library in the Historic Resources Room until Wednesday, January 23rd during library hours. Sticky notes and pens will be available for residents to post comments onto the poster boards.

Comments and input can also be emailed to the BPTS Committee Chair Ed Holland and Public Works Director Howard Young at towncenter@portolavalley.net.

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Pedestrian Safety Study – Community Input Meeting - Thursday, December 6 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

MEETING AGENDA

765 Portola Road – In the Historic Schoolhouse

Please join the Town’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety (BPTS) Committee for an opportunity to share your views on pedestrian safety in Portola Valley.

Earlier this year, the BPTS Committee visited a number of intersections in Town to hear from residents who shared their concerns about pedestrian/vehicle interactions.

Based on these meetings, Paul Krupka of Krupka Consulting has been retained by the Town to review these concerns and advise on potential road improvements to improve pedestrian safety, particularly related to school journeys.

Mr. Krupka, based on the input of the BPTS Committee, is reviewing selected intersections on Alpine and Portola Roads, as well as school zones adjacent to Corte Madera, Ormondale, the Priory, and near Windmill.  He has completed his initial assessment of the Town’s pedestrian paths and infrastructure, and observed traffic patterns at multiple locations and different times of day. Mr. Krupka wants to hear directly from you to complete his understanding of existing conditions.

Your input is critical to the success of the study. The study should be finalized in early 2019 for review by the BPTS Committee and the Town Council.

For further information, please refer to the Towns website at: http://www.portolavalley.net/town-government/town-committees/bicycle-pedestrian-traffic-safety-committee-/-toggle-all

In addition, comments and input can be emailed to the BPTS Committee Chair Ed Holland and Public Works Director Howard Young at towncenter@portolavalley.net.

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Update on Pedestrian Safety Issues from Bicycle, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee, Monday, October 1, 2018:

Over the last few months, much has occurred in response to resident requests for pedestrian safety improvements. The Town wanted to give you the latest updates:

1. SHERIFF’S ADDITONAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT
At the request of the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety (BPTS) Committee and the Town, the Sheriff’s Office has increased patrols at those intersections with school-related traffic and pedestrian activity:

* Portola Road at Corte Matera/The Priory
* Portola Road at Windmill School
* Portola and Alpine Roads
* Alpine Road and Indian Crossing
* Alpine Road at the Alpine Hills Swim and Tennis Club   

Although the Sheriff isn’t able to be at every intersection every day, their presence has already resulted in nearly 150 moving violations during August (with September’s data coming soon), with many coming at the start of the school year. The BPTS Committee and the Town will continue to work with the Sheriff’s Office on increased presence during school traffic hours.

2. SHORT-TERM IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED
The Town has completed a set of improvements along Portola Road at Corte Madera to improve pedestrian safety. These include a high-visibility paddle in the middle of the street, significant vegetative work along the west side of Portola Road, and improvements on the lower portion of Corte Madera to give pedestrians a place to get off the street onto the shoulder.

3. TRAFFIC STUDY
The Town is in the process of performing a traffic study of select intersections (including those above) to observe the interactions between vehicles and pedestrians in order to determine if and what improvements are needed. Once the Town’s Traffic consultant completes observations, the results will be discussed at the Town’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee public meeting. We encourage public participation and feedback at the meetings. We will also be reaching out through our social media to notify and invite the public. Comments and input can be emailed anytime to towncenter@portolavalley.net and hyoung@portolavalley.net.

4. CROSSING GUARD SERVICE
The Town, the Portola Valley School District, and the Priory are jointly funding a pilot program to support crossing guards in the morning at Portola Road/Corte Madera and in the afternoon at Portola and Alpine Roads for the remainder of the school year. Unfortunately, the company we have contracted with has had great difficulty staffing the position. As soon as staffing is complete, we will announce the program.

5. SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOURS AT TOWN HALL
And as a last-minute reminder, Captain Christina Corpus, the Town’s contact with the Sheriff’s Office and the manager of our contract, will begin office hours with residents starting on October 2nd.  If you would like to meet with her, please contact her at ccorpus@smcgov.org. Thank you to everyone who has already RSVP’d.

We hope you continue to share your ideas and experiences with us. Should you wish to share an idea on how to improve safety, please send your comments to both the BPTS Committee and Public Works Director HowardYoung at hyoung@portolavalley.net. Should you experience a need for enforcement, please contact the Sheriff’s Office through Captain Corpus at ccorpus@smcgov.org

 

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