In a recent city council meeting, Vice Mayor Mark Nagales said the SSF city council has $21,000,000 which he would really like the city to commit for a bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on the east side of I-101.
What about the residents on the west side? I have been repeatedly alerting the SSF city council about the dangerous I-280 southbound exit onto Westborough Blvd… and the Westborough x Junipero Serra intersection FOR ONE DECADE – ever since Kevin Mullin was just a SSF city councilman! (City Clerk recorded my written letters.)
Based upon the illustrations SSF city engineer Eunejune Kim emailed me, it was clear he didn’t understand exactly where the crosswalk needed to be, so he brushed off my decade-long requests. (Below is my vision – illustrations 1 and 2).
Now Junipero Serra has a freshly painted green north-south bike lane, but absolutely nothing to access it from the east-west direction! If SSF has money for green paint, the city should have enough money to paint a yellow zebra crosswalk for pedestrians at the start of the I-280 southbound exit and at the Junipero Serra / Westborough intersection.
Pedestrians are still crossing Westborough Blvd and Junipero Serra whether you have any crosswalk markings or not. But without any crosswalks, wayfaring signs, or ground markings, pedestrians have no clue where is the safest place to cross! That already resulted in a fatality, which the city blamed on the pedestrian. (My letters to city council evidences that city council has been formally alerted to this danger.)
When I was a member of San Bruno’s Bike & Advisory Committee as far back as 2012, I collaborated with SSF’s BPAC to formally request that SSF’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) erect wayfaring signs to Gellert Court one kilometer away to access an unmarked walkway that eventually leads to Avalon Drive, but was flatly denied. It is as though SSF deliberately want pedestrians to get killed!
If SSF won’t spend a dime to fix the dangerous I-280 Westborough and Junipero Serra T and X intersections on the west side, but is itching to spend $21,000,000 on a bike infrastructure on the east side, then spend it on a dedicated bike and pedestrian bridge over I-101 freeway to connect North Access Road in SSF with 7th & Walnut in San Bruno. (illustration 3)
Currently, the SSF Bay Trail segment terminates on the San Bruno Ave overpass at the I-101 northbound freeway entrance – clearly too dangerous for any bicyclist or pedestrian!
City of San Bruno already designated Walnut Ave as a “Bicycle Priority Street” but it currently doesn’t connect to anything. With your $21,000,000 project, it will!