Less than 2 weeks after new No Stopping/Parking signs were unveiled on Woodside Road (Hwy 84) west of the Canada Road intersection in Woodside, local merchants petitioned the town to allow lunchtime parking in the bike/shoulder lanes west of the Canada Corners plaza and Robert’s grocery. On November 16, the Town Council considered a draft resolution to request Caltrans to provide an exception to the No Stopping/Parking zone from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., seven days a week.
Two resident cyclists spoke against the draft, arguing that it put pedestrians and cyclists at risk, and asked that no action be taken on the resolution. Thanks to the quick action of SVBC members, the Council agreed to defer action on the resolution in order to allow deeper analysis and broader discussion of the parking issue. However, to mollify merchants during the busy holiday season, the Council decided to allow a lunchtime exception to No Stopping/Parking on the
north side of Woodside Road for about 150 feet west of the Canada Corners shopping center between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Interests of commerce will trump the safety of pedestrians and cyclists for the holiday season.