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October 03, 2019

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Honestly don't understand why Caltrans thinks that putting a crosswalk in the middle of a 50mph section without any type of flashing lights is a good idea. When I'm driving this stretch, I'm starting to drop my speed for the next section at 45mph just around the corner, and I can't tell you how many times I've had people "signaling me" via my rear view mirror to speed it up. I've even had people PASS me on the next stretch in Montara because I was going the speed limit and they wanted to continue doing the 60mph they wanted to do. But oh yeah, this pedestrian crosswalk will solve all of these problems. SHEESH!!!

Bullies on Nextdoor are giving out false legal advice. All but telling motorists they have every right to run down pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks, etc. Do NOT take my word for it. Check it out. Join the bloody site if you have to.

This remedies nothing. Safe crossings in the Midcoast have been an issue for the past 25 years, including studies, reviews, and suggestions from locals having experience with Caltrans, San Mateo County, and with our stretch of Route 1 totaling many hundreds, even thousands, of years. This hastily painted crossing is the worst idea I have seen yet and falls into the category of making both crossing the highway on foot and vehicle traffic on the highway worse. And no, there have not been five pedestrian or bicycle deaths at the location of the crosswalk in the past however many years -- which is not to diminish the death of a young boy that did occur less than a hundred meters away from this crosswalk.

I encountered this crosswalk for the first time yesterday, going to and from Half Moon Bay. I'll go over it again today, a beautiful Saturday of a three-day weekend. I hope the people who aren't regular travelers on Highway 1 don't plow through that crosswalk thinking they're on a state highway (which they are) and not expecting to see a crosswalk in the middle of no-place-in-particular. (Editor's note: Hey, buster, who ya callin' no place in particular? Signed: Moss Beach Mafia)

For suggesting that pedestrians have the right to a safe crossing in a marked crosswalk, I lost my chance for someone on NextDoor to save my life in any number of easily foreseeable situations that can arise in one's daily existence. It was worth it. Caltrans' response promises to remedy a situation that a local resident claims has cost five lives in the past.

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