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on Jan 18, 2008
Thanks to the Pleasanton Weekly for covering the recent Bicycle Pedestrian committee meeting. As mentioned in the article, I am a high school student on the committee. I just wanted to clarify that the intersection I mentioned in the meeting is not the Mohr/Santa Rita intersection, which is striped, but rather the new Iron Horse Trail crossing at Mohr Avenue. Although there is a signal pedestrians can push that triggers flashing yellow lights, it is most of the time ineffective and drivers do not stop. The other reason I asked about a crosswalk is because in other communities, the Iron Horse Trail is marked by crosswalks on streets.
The committee is interested in hearing feedback so we can create a Bicycle Pedestrian plan that meets the needs of the community. If you have comments or questions, feel free to attend a meeting. Our next meeting is February 4th at 6:30 PM in the City Council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Avenue.
I think the committee folk should also talk about law enforcement for riders. I have experienced, way to many times, bike riders darting across the street just to beat the cars. It's unsafe and I have seen many riders do this. It's only a matter of time when someone gets hit by a car. The police need to hang out around Harvest Park and see the amount of kids that dart in the middle of the street, as well as the intersection. Last week I saw 4 kids run to the median while oncoming traffic had a green light. Scared the poo out of me! Isn't there a helmet law as well?
I read the story in the Pleasanton Weekly and am interested in how I can become involved in the Bicycled Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Last Feb, I presented an idea I conceived about improving the Arroyo Mocho to allow for better utilization by bicyclists and joggers. The idea is compelling but so far I have been unable to get our city to take notice and consider the plan.
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