Head on a Swivel.
If you’ve ever driven the stretch of Laurel Street in San Carlos between Arroyo and San Carlos Avenues then you’ll know it has become nothing short of a white-knuckle ride during peak hours of the day. Between people backing out of parking spots unexpectedly, or hanging illegal U-turns, or having pedestrians crossing at half a dozen spots on the street, you really have to have your head on a swivel to safely navigate this street. It’s surprising there aren’t more mishaps along this stretch of the road.
But two areas in particular on Laurel always make me grip the wheel just a little bit tighter — I’m speaking of none other than the intersections on Laurel Street at both Cherry Street and again at Olive Street (one is by Peets Coffee, and the other by Bianchini’s Market.) As you know, these are not currently 4-way stop intersections — traffic on both Olive and Cherry have stop signs, but not on Laurel. Here’s a map of that area with the two intersections marked:
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I don’ t know why it is, but it seems like all that good stuff we learned in Driver’s Ed about how to negotiate a stop sign at a two-way intersection seems to have gone out the window at these two intersections. It’s either drivers on Olive or Cherry who think it’s a 4-way stop, and then try to cross when they mistakenly think that traffic on Laurel is going to stop. Or, it’s drivers on Laurel who randomly stop at the intersection thinking it’s a 4-way stop, which confuses just about everyone (cars and pedestrians alike) who are trying to get across. If there’s a Twilight Zone anywhere in San Carlos, it’s probably at these two intersections.
So at the risk of making Laurel Street look like Broadway in Burlingame (where there seems to be a stop sign every 10 feet) I think it’s time to put stop signs on Laurel Street at both of these intersections. I think it will eliminate the rampant confusion that seems to overcome many drivers that navigate these intersections every day.
Time for a Poll.
So, what do you think? Should San Carlos put additional stop signs on Laurel Street at the intersections of Olive Street and Cherry Street? Or should they leave Laurel Street it as-is? Register your vote in the poll at the top of the right sidebar of the blog.
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