It is foolish to promote bike to work day if our streets are extremely hazardous for bicyclists and pedestrians, agree?
Over the last 10 years Caltrans reported two accidents involving pedestrians at the I-280 southbound exit at Westborough Boulevard.
Is it any wonder Westborough residents (both in SSF and San Bruno) rarely bike or walk eastward past Gellert? They have never been able to cross I-280, because as one resident expressed, "it is terrifying!"
I have brought this matter to South San Francisco Mayor (now Assemblyman) Kevin Mullin, Assemblyman (now State Senator) Jerry Hill, SMC Transit Authority Director Joseph Hurley, and Caltrans District 4 Division Chief, Gene Gonzalo.
Caltrans recognized the problem and verified jurisdiction for the Westborough offramp, but said they contracted with a sponsoring local authority to handle upgrades, and that local authority is SMC Transit Authority. Hurley said they need to look at what propositions have any funds remaining.
The obvious upgrade needed is an overhead walkway from Westbourough Shopping Center to I-280 on southbound exit (which cost millions of dollars), but Hurley said they don't have any money. Lacking that, the next obvious solution is to extend sidewalk about 50 yards into the turn and create a crosswalk well before it reaches Westborough at the downsloping straightaway, so pedestrians can see traffic approaching before they cross.
Gonzalo said even if they fixed this, the local streets under jurisdiction by SSF and SM County are not safe for bicyclists or pedestrians. That may be true, but Caltrans controls most of the arterial roads in Daly City, SSF, and San Bruno. The most dangerous sections are Caltrans right of way property!
Unless there is a large number of residents willing to voice their disatisfaction with the status quo, nothing will ever be done to fix this very dangerous problem.
If you are a resident of Westborough or simply wish to help make local streets safer, please send me your comments. Thank you! (I tried to set up an online petition, but it failed).
Jeffrey Tong, member
San Bruno BPAC
City/County Association of Governments BPAC
(Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee)