Pedestrian friendly Alameda

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One of the (many) reasons Alameda retains its “old world charm” is the rather strict enforcement of the 25mph speed limit. There are numerous speed trap sightings around the island that reaffirm the above enforcement. The one exception to the 25 mph limit is Atlantic Avenue, where the posted speed limit is 35 mph. Motorists often whizz by on the stretch of Atlantic Avenue between Webster and Main St at speeds in excess of 35 mph. Sparked by complaints from residents last year, APD parked a portable radar to display the speed of oncoming vehicles. This was a short lived exercise and following the removal of the radar truck after a few weeks, the speeding has resumed!

We need more rigorous enforcement of the speed limits and perhaps a few pole mounted permanent radar speed signs as well (they now have them on Lincoln Ave and Otis Dr).

Contact APD and Pedestrian Friendly Alameda.

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8 Responses to “Pedestrian friendly Alameda”

  1. keepmeasurea Says:

    I have the city speed survey for Atlanic/Ralph Apezzeto Way, if anyone wants to see them. I see no harm in having one or two principal arteries around Alameda with a higher speed limit so that people can get from one end of the island to another or on and off the island briskly. In many cases the absurdly low speed limit encourages aggressive driving that is more dangerous than faster driving.

    And I’m really confused by your comments about “old world charm” in Alameda. On the one hand, you want every one to drive slow to preserve this old world charm, but you support high-density development on Alameda Point of the kind that Alameda has resisted for 30 years. Those look to me to be contradictory positions.

    And I still don’t understand why you don’t identify yourself, but continue to blog anonymously?

  2. laurendo Says:

    What people forget as they drive by at speeds exceeding the posted speed limit is that the people who live in the residences bordering those streets have to put up with the extra noise that accompanie the driving at 10+ miles the posted speed limit. To the passer-by who only travels once or twice a day it may not seem like a lot, but imagine if one had to live on Fernside and the speed limit was upped to 35 mph, can you just imagine the additional noise that would create for the families living on Fernside?

    Maybe we should try to be a little less selfish (e.g. wanting to move through Alameda quicker or on and off the Island faster) and instead think of the homes and families we are impacting when we believe we are doing no harm by driving a little over the speed limit every time we feel like it is appropriate. What makes a city great is not that the speed limit is low, or that the density is low. The thing that makes a city great is how its citizens take care of one another and have respect for one another. I think the author of this blog is not confused as to what s/he believes makes Alameda a great place to live…believing that people should respect the law (posted speed limit) and advocating for smart growth are not contradictory positions, just different positions on different issues.

    Also…the internet is one of those great communication tools that allow people to say what they want to say and say it how they want to say it. If the author of this blog chooses to be anonymous, what is it to anyone else. You can either choose to read the blog, or not read it. It is not anyone’s place to try to “out” an author of a blog. If the author of the blog wanted us to know who s/he is, then s/he would tell us. So drop it.

  3. David Howard Says:

    No – I won’t drop it. It’s important because there are typically secret hands or secret money guiding activities behind the scenes on these political issues. Property development especially. When people act anonymously, it may be to lend cover to someone else. When people act anonymously, it may be to hide ulterior motives.

    As for the noise – if you don’t like the noise in Bayport, you should move. Didn’t you check the place out before you bought there?

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  5. Michael Krueger Says:

    I don’t see why the ideas of “old-world charm” or “small(ish) town feel” are automatically inconsistent with the idea of modifying Measure A at Alameda Point, as keepmeasurea claims. Just because somebody might consider allowing the construction of something other than single-family homes and duplexes at Alameda Point doesn’t mean that person wants to turn it into Manhattan.

    I would describe my neighborhood, which includes part of Santa Clara Ave. and the heart of the Park St. business district, as charming and having a small-town feel, yet something like it could never be built under Measure A.

    Many of the towns and cities of the real “old world” (Europe) are as dense or denser than my neighborhood, yet they are not necessarily dominated by the high-speed traffic that keepmeasurea assumes must come with density. People can and do walk, bicycle, and take public transit in addition to driving.

    The difference is not, as many people assume, that Americans love their cars more; for example, the French, the Germans, the Italians, and the English certainly love theirs! The true difference is that we often lack the political will to build such well-balanced communities in this country. We continue to widen roads and raise speed limits to accommodate more and more cars, rather than invest in alternatives.

  6. Joe Says:

    I support you remaining anonymously. I don’t know why someone posting on a blog would give their first and last name with all the crazy people out there and it doesn’t seem that hard to find an address or phone # or other information these days. Who know if you make someone mad enough they may show up on your doorstep with a weapon, start stocking you, calling you, or damage your property. I believe everyone should post anonymously for your own safety.

  7. Dave Says:

    I support the 25mph speed limit in Alameda, and I wish people would follow it. I live on Central and people zoom up and down the street all the time. There are long stretches without signals, so my wife and I and our little girl must cross the street at the crosswalk, and most of the drivers have absolutely no regard for pedestrians trying to cross the street. So there are two problems: speeding and failure to give right of way to pedestrians – a lethal combination.

    Also, once I was on my bicycle, and a driver behind me went beserk with his horn because I was riding too slow – about 20 mph – and the street was too narrow to pass me. I don’t know where these people come from but I’m sure some live in Alameda.

    Finally, I also agree with anonymous postings. I’m sure there’s at least one nutcase out there with a conspiracy theory, a .45 auto and an axe to grind.

  8. anondj Says:

    Okay, I’ll go with the anonymous postings. Recently, an insane, drugged out, evil (take your pick of adjectives) driver crashed the brick wall behind the house next door to me. This was about 3:00 a.m. in the morning.

    Imagine the impact you have to have to knock down a brick wall. Lots of people have complained about people speeding up and down the streets in Alameda. Why don’t the police issue tickets to them? A big fat ticket, maybe couple with impounding the vehicle would do a lot to cure the “Speedy Gonzales'” of this town.

    Maybe the tragedy that occurred this morning on the freeway will bring home the point to a lot of people to slow down.

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