The first rendition of fixing the intersection
It is inevitable that we all see it… people in cars doing things that do not seem to be the most intelligent solution for their perceived problems. An extreme case in point was the woman who died in her car on the train tracks here in Menlo Park, CA, who, according to people who spoke with me, was in a rush to beat the train to the crossing and did not realize that it was not going to stop at the station here in Menlo Park. It was tragic and did not need to happen.
Speaking of not needing to happen, the intersection at Alma and Ravenswood here in Menlo Park has always been a curious center of activity. With an intersection next to the tracks and people always being in a hurry, it is a crazy intersection indeed.
Alma and Ravenswood fix in Menlo Park, Ca (Notice the SHORT center divider)
As a pedestrian, I’ve been missed by inches as moms in mini-vans gun it to split the crowd of pedestrians crossing the street. Or the Mini that guns it to get past me as I step out into the crosswalk. I’ve even watched a child have to slam on their bicycle brakes and skid to a stop to keep from getting hit by a driver in a hurry.
Alma and Ravenswood, in Menlo Park, the first version
For some of you, your hurry and inability to make good decisions will sooner or later get someone in trouble.
But this is a crazy odd intersection. Going south on Alma gets you to the library and the incredibly lush and green Burgess park. Going northward on Alma gets you to restaurants, a gym and some stores. It even gets you to street parking next to the Caltrain station.
And because of these destinations, sometimes people make seriously stupid moves to get to their destinations.
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