Q Saratoga may be one of the wealthiest towns in the Bay Area, but it's sure not the safest.
A Frequently, I am asked about which town has the most driving problems. Today, Saratoga jumps onto center stage.
Q I am a longtime resident of Saratoga, and on numerous occasions people literally drive right through the crosswalk at Big Basin Way next to the US Bank/Wildwood Market area right after they cross Highway 9.
There is a yellow sign that tells drivers to yield to pedestrians. Here I make eye contact with drivers, and one day a white truck zooms through the intersection followed by three cars that drove around the truck. A VTA Outreach Prius drove through as well. I could have been killed.
Could you get the host from "People Behaving Badly" to film this intersection, work with the sheriff and the city to add a push button with lights that flash? These near accidents happened in daylight, but if this were at night, then God forbid what could happen.
Another bad intersection is at Herriman Avenue and Saratoga Avenue, where they need push buttons with lights because high school and middle school students use this intersection.
A Flashing lights will be coming this spring. Big Basin Way will have lights installed in the pavement, and Herriman will have lights that can be activated on signs when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk. Now, let's hope drivers heed them.
Q Pity the poor college student (my daughter) who parks on Dolphin Drive in a neighborhood near West Valley College and walks to class. A neighborhood watch group has been plastering students' windshields with fliers rebuking them for not parking on campus and threatening to call police. No signs or red curbs indicate parking is limited to residents. Do these scolds have a leg to stand on?
A No. City officials say it isn't appropriate to place fliers on windshields and that anyone is welcome to park on city streets unless there are posted restrictions, and there appear to be none here. Residents could ask that parking be restricted during normal school hours, as is done on a majority of streets near West Valley.
Q Twice my wife and I have been driving to the gym at 4:45 a.m. only to be startled by headlights coming toward us on the wrong side of the road on Saratoga Avenue and on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road. Quickly pulling to the side, thinking we had encountered a drunk driver, I was surprised to see that it was not a drunk driver, but street sweepers driving their modified Zamboni. Are these crews allowed to follow different rules?
A No. Saratoga officials will pass on your concerns to the sweepers.
Q Would it be possible to get Saratoga to paint "Keep Clear" markings on Saratoga Avenue at the entrance to the library? This area gets blocked because of traffic lights and parents taking and picking up their kids from school.
A Afraid not. Town engineers say the relatively short time during the day the intersection is congested doesn't merit the restriction.