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City Asks: 'What Would You Do To Improve Ralston Avenue Traffic?'

A community forum to discuss traffic concerns will be held Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in Belmont City Hall.

Understanding that no one knows the roads better than the people who drive them every day, the city is asking the public's input on traffic flow and operations along Ralston Avenue.

The will hold a community forum to on Thurs., Aug. 2 to discuss traffic concerns as part of its Parking and Traffic Safety Committee meeting.

According to a press release sent out by the department last week, "If there are problems, your comments will help us identify them, and deal with them quickly."

As part of budget year 2013 the Belmont City Council has and Improvements Initiative. The intent of this project is to conduct a comprehensive corridor study to identify the general levels of traffic operations, and to determine the level of service for major intersections and traffic signals.

The study also reviews traffic safety issues, the adequacy its Share the Roads policy (non-motorized forms of transportation), and to recommend operational and capital improvements to mitigate traffic-related issues.

During the forum city staff will share some operational information, answer questions, and collect comments and feedback about traffic, bikes and pedestrian uses of this main roadway in Belmont.

Community Forum details:

  • Parking and Traffic Safety Committee meeting
  • Thurs., Aug. 2 at 9:30 AM,
  • EOC Room of the Belmont City Hall (second floor), One Twin Pines Lane.
  • If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to share your concerns, call (650) 595-7425 or send an email to pworks@belmont.gov.

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Claire Karoly Ard August 01, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Yes yes yes! I second this!
Eric Dentler August 01, 2012 at 04:37 PM
If Ralston Middle School would allow bikes (need to re-install the bike racks) and parents south of Ralston Ave (750 Hallmark area homes) encouraged their kids to ride instead of motor, you could eliminate a couple hundred car trips and improve fitness, which improves test scores. Not sure about those 50 pound backpacks on 50 pound kids.
Justin August 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Are you kidding me--a middle school kid riding a bike to school? That would just not be "cool." Belmont kids' feet rarely touch pavement! lol
Claire Karoly Ard August 01, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I for one would ride my bike to work more if I felt safer on Ralston and a clear bike lane ran the full length of Ralston (see Clarissa's comment). I don't know how many people who commute on Ralston could bike to work (including bike to Caltrain to then get to work) but wouldn't it be nice if we had more people commuting on bicycles and less vehicular traffic?
Steve Hayes August 01, 2012 at 07:03 PM
That seems very possible, but the solution should involve an improved (for road bikes) Lake Road Trail - only about a quarter mile from Hallmark Dr. A new and very short path could be added at the west side of the school- from the trail up to campus. The path would be great for both bikes and pedestrians.

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