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Stoneridge traffic

Original post made by Al, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Dec 22, 2009

I was at Stoneridge Shopping Center tonight (Mon) about 5:30 to 6:30 PM and it took 40 minutes to drive on that encircling street from Penny's to Sears, a distance of only a few hundred feet. We were standing still that long. I gave up and went the other way, and the traffic was fine. Anyone know what it was? Seemed way more congested than routine heavy seasonal shopping.

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Posted by Brenda
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

Likely INCOMPETENT drivers. They cause MOST jams...not numbers.
Look at some of Pleasanton's right turn lanes....always MULTIPLE LANES in Hacienda. But, there sits a self-centered, thoughtless hog, in a right lane...CAUSING a backup of 8 cars in that lane.....forced to WAIT for the multi light to change. Then after selfish one moves, the 8 quickly continue their turn that had been rudely blocked. Why have multiple-choice lanes if dummies choose to be road hogs.
AND, all corners would flow better if left turners turned into the MOST LEFT lane, and right turners turned into the MOST right lane. Folks, we have power steering these days, USE iT. Arizona TICKETS & fines you if you turn wide and slop over into any lane other than the MOST right or MOST left. It's bad enough we have to suffer intrnationals raised on dirt floors that NEVER actually LEARNED HOW to drive. The concept behind turning into closest lane only, is cars FACING each other...coming at you left turner turns into his MOST left lane ONLY and I, facing him, turn into my right land, and we dosey doe happily side by side, each continuing on our newly turned on street. Competance and courtesy, is the green thing to do...move faster and more efficiently Get off the D*%@ phone and USE your power steering ! we'd save a 1/3 of our time and gas and pollution. Set an example and drive as IF your're a competent, adult driver.

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Posted by Miguel
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm

It's interesting that when I read the "congested traffic" note I was secretly thrilled. I was at Stoneridge last Saturday night and it was a ghost town. I parked at the entrance of Macy's with no problem, went through the mall without bumping into anyone and felt a little remorse that the country's economic problems had stripped away a little bit of that CROWDED AMBIANCE of Christmas. Gesh, I sure miss the good old days sometimes.

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Posted by westsider
a resident of Foothill High School
on Dec 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Very interesting 'Miguel.' I went into the Stoneridge shopping center on Saturday about 9:00 pm, and the parking lot was packed.

So why are you lying?

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Posted by Roadrunner
a resident of Foothill Place
on Dec 23, 2009 at 9:11 am

If People would get off their phones when at a red light I am sure the traffic would move better. I was behind one person for 1 min until they lifted up their head from texting and realized that the light had been green. We were the only 2 cars that made it through the light. Honking did not help either! Also I hated when you want to change lanes and you put your blinker on and everyone speeds up in the lane you are trying to get into and do not let you over. I wish I had spikes that would pop out on the side of my car every time I turned on my blinker. (kinda of like 007) Then I am sure people would let me in!!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Dec 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

I think there are too many driveways going into and out of the mall. The reason traffic backs up on the highway when there is a lot of congestion is because of too many on-ramps feeding onto the highway, so I'm thinking this applies with too many driveways.

It's not so easy to pull onto the circle when you have a car to your right and left also trying to pull out onto a congested road, especially when people don't use their turn signals! Also, if traffic speed is obeyed strictly, it's a lot easier to turn out into slower traffic. Also, people should be courteous and aware with their driving, that people are trying to get in and out of the driveways.

My big pet peeve is at Castlewood drive going east, the stop sign after the golf course where you have to turn onto Pleasanton-Sunol Road, and those traveling south on Sunol Road and turning onto Castlewood don't use their turn signal, so you miss getting to turn about X times, backing up traffic on Castlewood Drive.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Valley Trails
on Dec 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

Too much traffic is a good arguement not to build anymore homes or apartments!!

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Dec 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm

The problem with Stoneridge are too many exits. At the time the concept was thought to make sense but ultimately it proved to be the wrong formula. Many times leaving the parking lot at night is scary.

Fewer exits with traffic lights may make sense and should be studied by the city traffic planners. But, likely the response will to do nothing as that the problem exists only once a year. Too bad.

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Posted by D W
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2009 at 8:27 pm

I wish we had more drivers like Brenda and fewer incompetent road boulders. We need more folks to vent like this and into places where the clueless bluetooth-less drivers who don't read these blogs hang out.

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Posted by Mike Oxlong
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I'd just like to appreciate a local economy that is starting to thrive again. We complain when things are dead and we complain when things are too crazy. This is getting old. Can't we all just get along?


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