Response to Traffic Incident in Bay Meadows
Following a recent traffic incident that occurred on Franklin Parkway at Baze Road in the Bay Meadows neighborhood on Sept. 14, we would like to provide our community with information about steps the City is taking. The incident was caught on video and involved an inexperienced driver who nearly struck a young child, knocking the child off their scooter while they were in the crosswalk with their parent. We are grateful no one involved in the incident suffered any serious physical injuries and share the community’s concern.
“As a parent, it was especially hard to watch what happened and that preventable incident should never have occurred. Even though the flashing pedestrian beacons worked as designed, this inexperienced driver clearly failed to stop for the young child in the crosswalk. When something like this happens we have to ask why, and as a result we’re taking immediate action to further improve safety at this intersection. Our Council prioritizes neighborhood traffic safety and in response to this incident we’re increasing pedestrian visibility and reducing speeds in this area while we continue to look at longer-term options that legally require more analysis. We also need a community-wide approach to improve roadway safety and everyone, whether you’re driving, biking or walking, plays a role in making sure we protect each other,” said City Manager Drew Corbett.
Immediate interim improvements:
- The City reduced speeds in the area by temporarily removing a lane in a section of Franklin Parkway
- We are adding an additional pedestrian crossing beacon to improve visibility of pedestrians in this crosswalk
- Police presence has been increased in the area and a pedestrian safety operation
- Last month prior to the recent incident, the City recommitted to again look at whether all-way stop sign can be installed at the intersection. Per state vehicle code, we are conducting traffic studies that will help determine what type of safety improvements are allowed under the state code (such as stop signs, lane closures or speed reductions.)
- Citywide, we are continuing to collect and analyze data to inform traffic safety efforts including engineering improvements and increased enforcement. Currently we are preparing a Local Highway Safety Roadway Plan, which will help determine what types of improvements can best address specific traffic issues and community concerns throughout the city.