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Pleasanton Drivers-The Anti-Heroes

Original post made by Rhonda, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 16, 2009

This morning I was waiting on Main St. to make a right turn onto Del Valle Parkway. I had a green light but I had to wait because there were kids in the crosswalk, one on a bicycle. At the same time, a man in an SUV was making a left turn from Main St. onto Del Valle. In his opinion, he was able to make the turn. He drove in front of the boy on the bicycle in the crosswalk and in back of the girls walking in the crosswalk. This man is an example of a typical Pleasanton driver; they drive in front of, in back of, or in between children in crosswalks.
I believe the law is that you do not drive through a crosswalk when there are pedestrians in it.
Pleasanton residents ignore the law and the safety of children. There is a lack of intelligence, safe-driving and consideration for Pleasanton children among Pleasanton drivers. Their behavior is the opposite of that of the Danville pilot who is a hero for his care and intelligence when it comes to the operation of a moving vehicle and the safety of others. If he had been a Pleasanton resident, he would have had no problem with landing on a school crosswalk. What's the problem? The kids can move.


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Posted by stayhomedad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I know what you mean. I see it everyday. But if you summerize "all Pleasanton drivers"... then people reading this are going to attck you for it. Just a warning...

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Posted by Kris
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm

She summarizes it as "all Pleasanton drivers" because she doesn't travel outside of Pleasanton to witness drivers in other cities. She would miss too much time away from her TV and word find puzzles.

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Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

You want really bad take a trip to Fremont..

Seriously though it is unsafe for pedestrians crossing here, might not be all drivers, but its definatelty not just one or two either. I've been in crosswalks when cars speed through on numerous occasions, they didn't even slow down, couple times I was crossing and there was a crossing guard (for the school) with the sign up and people crossing when cars drove right through.

People need to pay better attention, just because the turn arrow is green does not mean go without looking, and just because there is no light doesn't mean one can ignore the crosswalk lines.

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Posted by Nick
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 17, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I do not understand why the Pleasanton police don't ticket drivers going through crosswalks while children are in them.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Let's not be too quick to call them.. Pleasanton Drivers!

As long as we have open borders, we're gonna be overrun with Livermore, Dublin and other drivers. I saw a delivery truck recently from Tracy!!! Some tile installer from Tracy is probably the tip of the iceberg!

Let's get to the real problem and enforce those borders. I can see the day when we have vehicles entering Pleasanton at every border location and running willynilly around our streets overwhelming law enforcement.

Be careful.. vewwy careful.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Since I took up biking 2 months ago, I've almost been run over 6 times by drivers who only look at one direction when turning. They seem oblivious to pedestrians and bikes coming from the other direction. And yes, all these folks are Pleasanton drivers. I know because I watch most of them pulling out of their driveways. I keep a very close eye on all the traffic around me when biking in Pleasanton 'cuz I know those drivers aren't going to keep an eye out for me when they drive.

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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 19, 2009 at 8:43 am

Don't you DARE blame drivers for the conflict between bikers and drivers. I drive around this town very careful, and on weekday morning and weekends I can't drive down the block with a group of bikers acting like they OWN the road. Why do I have to drive 15 miles an hour behind them because there is a "group of riders" taking up the whole road? We have countless trails and paths and numerous avenues to for the bikers and they insist on taking up roadways ALL to themselves. The bikers always seem to stop at the major intersections, but what about all of the numerous small 'stop sign' intersections that they just BLOW through? THEY are the reason for a majority of the 'accidents' involving bikes and automobiles. Isn't it time to enforce the laws regarding bike riders too?
And can we also change the laws to prohibiting them from wearing spandex?

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2009 at 11:02 am

Julie is a registered user.

I agree 100% that *everyone* should drive safely and look out for one another and I agree that there are many people (from all over, not just from Pleasanton) who are less than careful drivers.

Regarding cyclists, I agree somewhat with Doo Doo. I notice cyclists do not get tickets for breezing through stop signs even though they are supposed to follow all road signs the same as vehicles. I used to commute through Golden Gate Park in S.F. and I can't tell you how many times cyclists almost hit me! I'm sure I'd have been sued had I hit them even if they ran a stop. I almost couldn't *walk* across the street in S.F. to see a Giants game once when "Critical Mass" was occurring. They were extremely rude and disruptive. In my experience no one wants to understand your point of view when you present it in such a way.

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Posted by Katie
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 5, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I do see you point.

Teenagers do move, but they move slowly. And they arent even looking around to see what is going on with the other traffic!

Sometimes I wish I could run them over. I know, sorry that was mean but I see you point. And it is a valid one too, in fact.