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Light signals on Telegraph

Karl Reeh President, LeConte Neighborhood Association
Wednesday October 23, 2002

To the Editor: 


When the Safe Routes for Schools grant application was submitted in the fall of 2000, the participants in the process agreed “that signals should be done in a way that will not add traffic to Stuart and Russell streets. Signals used would allow for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the intersections safely, while not facilitating automobile through-traffic.” Unfortunately, the original plans – which allowed bicycles to cross but forced automobiles to make right turns – were changed before construction began. Consequently, it may be safer for school children to cross Telegraph Avenue, but traffic on streets near schools is very likely to increase. We are hopeful that in addition to traffic mitigation in our neighborhoods, the new signals and signage on Telegraph will also be subject to modification if required for “Safe Routes to School.” 


Karl Reeh 


LeConte Neighborhood Association