I have to cross this street twice a day when I use the local bike path. This has got to be the most brain damaged traffic light design as there are a total of 3 crosswalks, since the trail is on one side of a creek on one side of the road then crosses to the opposite side of the creek on the other side of the road. So there are two pedestrian crosswalks plus a diagonal bike crosswalk (highlighted in GREEN lines) and a pair of lights (one circled in RED). Problem is as you can see in the attached photo, the traffic lights are at the far end of each two lanes of traffic instead of at the near end. I think drivers think you need to stop at the light, but by that time you have blown through the stop line (outlined in RED) and 2 crosswalks. There is the little "Stop Here on Red" sign (circled in RED) to the far right, but if folks are looking at the light in the distance, they are not going to see that sign. Plus if they see cars in the other lane stopped properly at the far crosswalk, they go up to the light to stop.
I have complained to the city about this dangerous situation, but nothing so far. Tonight, I was actually hit by a car while crossing in the crosswalk with the light in my favor. Luckily I was able to avoid major contact and with full padding, roll to the ground without harm. But now I have recontacted the city telling this is down right dangerous. I am surprised nobody has been killed here in the 2-3 years the lights and crosswalk have been up.
I mean I wait for the cross light, then I check for traffic - both directions, then I check again (this is where I saw the first car coming by me), and I guess I should have checked a third time, because that was the one that got me. Essentially I was crossing at the farthest crosswalk, going right to left and the car that hit me was about where the red vehicle was. It was a good 10 seconds since the light had changed by the time I stopped and waited for the first red light runner and then crossed 2 lanes of roadway. And the count down timer on that light is set to something like 15 seconds, so if you wait any longer, you risk getting caught out there when the lights change!
Even tonight, when the light first changed, I stepped off the curb and a vehicle in the 2nd lane blew right through all 3 crosswalks w/ full red light. I stopped in the lane and gave that driver the finger as he drove right by me. Then I crossed the center line and that is where I saw the car coming the other direction. I guess I had been watching the first bozo blow through I did not see the traffic coming in the other lane. But the middle eastern driver did not stop until all the way through the stop line and the two lines of the crosswalk. If I had stayed in the crosswalk, I would have been underneath. Then on the way back across some time later, I had to flag down one driver to get him to stop and even then, there were 3-4 other vehicles in the crosswalk zone with the light clearly red. Maybe I Need to start carrying a camera out there to shoot pictures of all these violations.
Has anyone else had issues with this death trap? At least once a week I see vehicles blowing through this crosswalk against red lights. I have contacted the city twice now in the last 2 months with no response, including informing them of the accident last night. I am basically afraid to cross that intersection any more, but since I live on the south side of Monroe and the creek trail takes off on the north side, I have no choice. Anyone have a better contact in Santa Clara to send this information to to get this dangerous situation fixed? I have tried contacting the traffic engineering dept. as well as the mayor and city council.