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HWY 236 Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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As a community, we are signing this petition with the intent to raise awareness and implement traffic calming and safety tools through direct action. This includes concerned friends and citizens of Boulder Creek and residents of the neighborhoods within and surrounding Highway 236 at the West and East Hilton crossroads, Kings Hwy, China Basin, and Lower / Upper Big Basin.

We are all impacted by any tragic event that involves a community member. Continuously reminding us of the frailty of life when a driver is speeding dangerously close to our neighbors who are biking, walking along or crossing the highway, and especially our children at school bus stops.

With no regard for safety there have been too many near misses, due to the many local drivers and visitors zooming by in excess of posted speed limits. Drivers are passing others by crossing the double yellow lines. Too often, folks are swerving into the white line putting our kids at school bus stops at risk or blatantly passing our school buses when the red lights are flashing and stop sign is activated. Blind spots including overgrown trees and shrubs surrounding the golf course on Hwy 236 can put the safest driver in jeopardy. There are numerous measures that can be taken to avoid accident and injury.

We urge the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) to respond with a statement making the “Highway 236 Safety for Pedestrians and School Bus Stops” project a top priority and informing our community when work will start on the solution. The plan is to piggyback on Measure D funding currently allocated towards SLV traffic calming and safety tools for pedestrians. We also ask that the SCCRTC, CalTrans, and MADD dedicate this corridor as a "safe route" in memory of Marsha Nord.

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