Almost daily, a new post arrives on the Dangerous Intersections map on InsideBayArea.com, the Web site for the Oakland Tribune and its sister papers.

"Cars come like fast balls," one blogger wrote. "Intersection from hell," wrote another.

Or, the more sobering: "I was hit by (a) car in (the) crosswalk here," one said, referring to the busy intersection of Pleasant Valley Avenue and Montgomery Street in Oakland.

The street names and cities are interchangeable. But they all have one thing in common: Bay Area motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are scared todrive, walk and cycle on some local roads.

Stop signs are needed, they say. Cars don't stop. Danger. Beware.

And these worried citizens aren't satisfied with just posting on a map. They're taking their issues to city officials.

Take Chris Kattenburg and Zach Seal, members of the Downtown Lake Merritt Neighborhood group. They have been writing their district councilwoman, Nancy Nadel, and have collected 131 signatures petitioning for a crosswalk at the "T" intersection of 15th and Jackson streets.

"There are a lot of senior residents, kids from schools and cyclists who have to rush across the street if they can, to escape the zooming cars," Kattenburg said.

Oakland resident Sandra Pohutsky has filed claims and requested help from the city's Department of Traffic Engineering to go after the speeders who race through her neighborhood. She wants stop signs, pedestrian-crossing signs and speed bumps, for example.


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The vicinity of Alcosta Boulevard and Broadmoor Drive in San Ramon also is a problem area. It's been listed on the map more than seven times. "No stop signs, no stop lights, unbelievable," wrote one blogger.

Angela Hart is a student at San Francisco State University.