City, neighbors work to curb speeding in San Mateo

Three traffic accidents and one near-fatal collision with a dog have prompted residents, police officers and city staff members to join forces in combating speeding through a San Mateo neighborhood that borders downtown.

For 18 months, residents of the Baywood area — west of El Camino Real around Third Avenue — have lobbied the city to install traffic-calming devices along Third Avenue, the site of frequent speeding.

“The days of putting an officer there and shooting some radar are a little obsolete,” Deputy police Chief Mike Callagy said. “There is no silver bullet to solve the problem.”

In an effort to draw attention to the speeding problem, three-year resident Anna Kuhre and her neighbors are holding a “peaceful demonstration,” at 200 West Third Ave. on Oct. 3, from 8 to 9 a.m. She said police officers, city staff members and other civic leaders have expressed interest in joining the demonstration.

“I think our neighborhood is going the distance,” Kuhre said. “We’re stepping up to the curb, holding our signs and saying we’ll work with them and do our share.”

Public Works Director Larry Patterson said the city may turn Third Avenue between Eaton Road and the San Mateo Public Library into a two-lane stretch instead of four lanes, to move traffic away from the vehicles and homes along the side of the road.

jgoldman@examiner.com

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