The City of San Mateo is committed to helping improve the quality of life for its residents through traffic management and safety improvements throughout the City. In Fall 2015, the City Council directed Public Works staff to develop an outreach program to gather input from City neighborhoods regarding their traffic safety concerns. Traffic increases have been experienced at a regional level over the past several years due to an upswing in the economy and low unemployment rates. The freeways’ traffic exceeds capacity and technology directs drivers to use adjacent parallel routes when freeway traffic is at a standstill. This has had the greatest impact on neighborhoods directly adjacent to the US101 and SR92 corridors.
Throughout the neighborhood outreach process, Public Works was able to identify six common areas of traffic concern that were consistent from meeting to meeting. Those six areas or themes include:
- Speeding – Drivers exceeding the speed limit through the neighborhood
- Cut-Through Traffic/Congestion – Cut-through driving is the practice by motorists of using secondary roads or residential side streets instead of the intended main roads in urban or suburban areas
- School Issues – Drop-off/Pick-up and parking issues and concerns around neighborhood schools
- Roadway Conduct – Poor driver behavior including running stop signs, tailgating, not stopping for pedestrians, etc.
- Unique Neighborhood Concerns – Issues specific and unique to that neighborhood
- Parking – Overflow from adjacent users, etc.
The City will utilize the process outlined in the “City Staff Evaluation Process”. This document explains in detail how the six themes described above will be analyzed.
The City understands that the top ten concerns specified by the neighborhood are not the only locations these issues are occurring. Traffic conditions are reported to the City through various methods, including reports from community members, Volunteer Traffic Safety Corps, and City staff, reviewing collision data, and monitoring the frequency and locations of citations written. The Public Works, Planning, and Police Departments have ongoing communications and collectively work together to address the varying traffic conditions. The strategies outlined in the “City Staff Evaluation Process” will continue to be used throughout the neighborhood as additional locations of concern are identified.