Redwood City stop sign debate holds up project 

A debate about stop signs is dividing neighbors in Redwood City, and city officials say the decision must be left to the residents.

Supporters of installing stop signs in both directions on Redwood Shores Parkway at Cringle Drive say the move will increase safety for pedestrians and slow speeds of drivers.

But opponents say it would just supply easier access to residents making a left turn.

Peter Delgado, associate engineer with Redwood City, said residents have asked for stop signs in the past, but after a traffic study, the intersection “doesn’t meet criteria from traffic engineering standpoint to need one, but we want to accommodate what the community needs,” the report said.

“It’s not needed for safety or right-of-way control,” Delgado said. “But it could be an improvement for crossing pedestrians.”

To install stop signs on Redwood Shores Parkway, Delgado said, would cost roughly $5,000.

Delgado said there was no safety issue found during the study.

Doug Crisman, president of the Redwood Shores Community Association, said the current crosswalk has flashing lights for when a pedestrian wants to cross the street, but it is not enough.

Crisman said there are stop signs at every other intersection along Redwood Shores Parkway and not having one at Cringle enables drivers to pick up speed.

“People who drive through the intersection probably prefer not to have one,” he said. “But a lot of us feel the blinking lights at the intersection has not worked out well.”

Crisman said there was a school zone near the crosswalk. He said stop signs could help the schoolchildren get to and from school more safely.

Crisman said the association intends to approach the city again this year in hopes of getting a stop sign installed.

“They did a survey of resident opinions,” he said. “But I wouldn’t call it scientific.”

Redwood Shores resident Karen Brodersen said the school should not be part of the equation because it is nearly a mile away.

“We have enough stop signs,” she said. “It’s not a safety issue. And the level of traffic doesn’t justify another stop sign.”

She said stop signs would only benefit residents trying to make a left-hand turn off Redwood Shores Parkway.

Delgado said once the community decides which route to go, the staff will bring a recommendation to the City Council for a final decision.

Not so fast

Stop sign arguments:

Pros:
- Increased safety for pedestrians
- Reduces speed of traffic
- Allows for left hand turns into development

Cons:
- Stop signs are at all other intersections
- A school for children to walk to is more than a mile away
- It only benefits residents looking to make a left hand turn into a development

Source: Redwood Shores Community Association; resident comments

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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