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Foothill school traffic

Original post made by jenny, Foothill High School, on Sep 9, 2010

I just moved here in April of last year. Is the Foothill HS traffic this horrific all year long? I don't remember it being so bad year end last year.

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Posted by Joe Schmo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

The school district eliminated the early bell (7am early start). A large percentage of students attended these classes, spreading the traffic impacts over two time periods and as a result there was less traffic at the normal start time. With the early classes gone, now everyone shows up at the same time, creating significantly more traffic issues and problems.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

Guess its all relative to your experiences.....growing up in San Jose and living in Los Angeles the surface street "traffic" in Pleasanton is a welcome change for me.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Should get even worse when it rains....ugh!


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Posted by get real
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Haven't any of these over priviledged kids ever learned to walk? Oh, right, it's Pleasanton. Land of the entitled.


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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 10, 2010 at 4:57 am

Thank you Joe.


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Posted by HotSam
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Sep 10, 2010 at 9:36 am

How about this: the red roofs dating back to 1973 as previously reported in the PW are grabbing drivers' attention and adversely affecting student drop-off traffic.

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Sorry, couldn't resist. As an alum, I can testify that what is red now was brown in the late 70s / early 80s.


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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

Parent of Two is a registered user.

One other recent (<10 years old) problem is that each car driven by a student has, at most, two students. Waaaaayyyy back when most of us were teens, we used to pile four or five of us into ONE car, and that poor guy drove us to school.

Now, because of irresponsible teenage drivers 10-15 years ago, the DMV and state officials decided that 16-17 year old drivers can't drive any other kids (unless they're siblings). So gas usage, traffic jams, and parking problems are effectively doubled or tripled...


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Posted by BUSES AND UNIFORMS
a resident of Foothill Place
on Sep 10, 2010 at 11:43 am

lets not forget about all the stupid parents who have no reguard for the rules PARKING ALONG THE CURB ON FOOTHILL ROAD " NO PARKING" RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT SHOULD BE A RIGHT HAND TURN LANE, OR ALL THE ILLEGAL U TURNS, DOUBLE PARKING, TALKING ON THE CELL PHONE, OR RED CURB PARKING THAT HAPPENS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL EVERY DAY. AND DONT BLAME THE DRIVERS THE PLEASANTON POLICE DEPT. IS TO BLAME THEY KNOW THERE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM AT THE SCHOOLS AND YOU NEVER SEE THEM AT THE SCHOOLS HANDING OUT THE TICKETS THE WAY SHOULD BE ( LIKE THEY DO IN SAN FRANCISCO IN LARGE ENFORCEMENT GROUPS 5 OR MORE PATROL CARS AT A TIME WITH TOW TRUCKS READY) PUT THE MESSAGE OUT AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MONEY MAKING OPPORTUNITY PLEASANTON PD. ALSO TO BLAME IS THE SCHOOL DIST. EVER NOTICED THAT ALL THE SCHOOLS ARE PERFFECTLY LAID OUT TO HANDLE A DOZEN OR SO SCHOOL BUSES, TAKE AWAY THE CARS AND ADD SCHOOL BUSES AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW NO MORE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS. WE USED TO HAVE SCHOOL BUSES IN TOWN IT WORKED NICELY. SO PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL THE POLICE CHIEF AND THE SCHOOL SUPER. AND VOICE YOUR COMPLAINT TILL YOU GET RESULTS. IF YOU REALLY WANT BETTER SCHOOLS HAVE UNIFORMS REQUIRED AS WELL, NO MORE SPOILED LITTLE RICH GIRLS ACTING AS IF THIER BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.


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Posted by A mom whose kid bikes
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

@ BUSES AND UNIFORMS - FYI can't just blame the school district on the lack of bussing, that was also a Pleasanton parent agreement. BTW - where would the $,$$$,$$$.$$ come from for bussing...no one wants to pass a parcel tax and the district already has to cut another $6.5 Mil.??? What needs to change is the parents getting together and changing things. With all our SUV's and Mini vans we need to get together and pile as many students in the cars as we can. Parents need to take charge here, or the morning and afternoon rush will always be the same. The number of parents I've tried to "carpool" with and no one wants to.

BTW - most of our teens are pretty well behaved...'though allowing the seniors to all have cars on campus may be adding too it.


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Posted by lyndalu
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm

@get real - You need to get real! My child is a student at Foothill and we live over 4 miles away from the school. There's only 2 high schools in this city so a lot of kids are not in walking distance from the school. Believe me, I wish my child could walk because I despise the traffic.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm


Hey, everyone. Get off of MY road!




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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 12, 2010 at 8:45 am

My goodness! Just like the people who move near an airport and complain about the noise. If you move near a school - you will have to deal with the start time and end time of school.

On the other hand - I agree with the above - we all WALKED to school! Seems like parents are driving them or all the kids have their own cars.


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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

What about the WHEELS busses as a partial solution to this challenge?

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For instance, it looks like there's a line 602 that passes the Sports Park, and then heads toward Foothill. Line 604 travels along Stoneridge, and then heads south towards Foothill.

Now that school is starting later, perhaps students could be encouraged to use some of that morning time to head for a bus stop?


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Posted by Pls mom
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Seems to me that parents coming en masse to drop off and pick up their kids are blocking all lanes of the drive-thru area in front of the school. I don't think it is so much the students' driving. It is especially bad after school because some kids take their sweet time to meet their parents and get into the car. One can't even get to a "visitor's spot" to stop and go into the office because the lanes are blocked. It would help if an administrator would monitor the driveway and stop parents from just parking in the lanes. If the kid isn't standing there ready to get in the car, the administrator should tell the parents that they have to move, maybe drive around the block. Then the parent might tell the kid, "You'd better be there when I get there or you can walk home!"


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