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Just go out and vote. Russ C and Cathy B.
Typical City strategy - ooh shiny object. EV charging (removes a quarter of the parking in a city lot, the roundabout, limebike. Without thinking about the trade offs.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2019 on Lot Y Goes Electric at The Burlingame Voice
Go Caltrans! Just hope they informed and coordinated with the utility companies. They’re known to come in and dig up newly paved streets. Looking at you PG&E and AT&T.
Had never heard of Boringame. I always thought we were Burlinglame. Somewhere between Snoresborough and Millbore. Even Deadwood City now has some buzz.
Almost forgot to greet Burlingame a Happy National Roundabouts week. #roundaboutsweek From the traffic engineers in Florida and North Carolina. And the concrete paving contractors, the cement industry and consultant design lobbying groups of America.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2019 on Roundabout Comes into Focus at The Burlingame Voice
There was one by the frowndabout that got hit so often and replaced (>4x) the city gave up and just removed it for good. RIP. https://goo.gl/maps/B4eduK36WohyZJrA8
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2019 on Floppy Signs Multiply at The Burlingame Voice
Joe - someone was telling me this story. Pete and Repeat were on a boat in the Burlingame lagoon They were talking about the importance of learning from history. Pete fell off the boat. Who’s left in the boat?
Are those new shiny 25 MPH - RADAR ENFORCED speed limit signs on California Drive between Oak Grove and the Roundabout I see?
Yup. Required by the Fire Department. Also helps the occasionally rare moving truck that needs to make a turn up there. Our famous roundabout has the same mountable curb on its edge, so fire engines, larger vehicles, Samtrans etc can mount the non-landscaped portion of the roundabout. Won’t be long until that too will be covered with black tire marks.
Nothing in the Bay Area or in the state gets done without some sort of environmental analyses or documentation. Doesn't have to be an EIR but some documentation that shows SFO thought about the impacts, forecasted what the traffic impacts were and how they intend to mitigate. Just here waiting for SFO to be challenged to produce their environmental/CEQA docs to show what they thought would happen. If they don't have that doc/report, they can't do what they just did. They have to go back to what it was until they do. Uber/Lyft probably already on this.
If they offered a meal plan, I might sign up for 3 days/week.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2019 on Dine Broadway at The Burlingame Voice
Here's the slide deck, with renderings from the presentation to council: http://burlingameca.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=502aced8-d4f0-4d75-9a78-f84ac1f72d34.ppt There's a lot of emphasis on offstreet parking, when this should be the walking and neighborhood station. If you maximize parking, they will come. They will drive. And any improvements to traffic via the grade separation will be muted by the number of people driving to the area to get to the station. But that'll be in the late 2020's, early 2030's. We first have to survive 2021 when electrification is done and more trains are running, those RR gates will be down half the time.
All relative. Here’s how much Burlingame’s civil servants get paid. https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2016/burlingame/ One paid over $300K. Over 20 paid >$200K. Back in 2016! 2019?
Toggle Commented May 25, 2019 on Mission Creep at Caltrain at The Burlingame Voice
File another one under false sense of accomplishment. Cross-ref: greenwashing; virtue signaling that we care about the environment, sustainability and sea-level rise w/o actually doing anything that makes a difference.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2019 on Lot Y Goes Electric at The Burlingame Voice
Not to worry. Caltrans already has plans and money programmed to resurface and fix the drainage problems. In 2024. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/transprog/SHOPP/long-lead/shopp_long_lead_listing_approved_projects.pdf So it is written, so it shall be done. Meanwhile we all have to channel Moses and Ben Hur to travel the King’s Highway.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2019 on More El Camino Observations at The Burlingame Voice
El Camino was last paved in early 2000's. It has been due for half a decade +. If you want to see where Caltrans are spending state tax dollars, go to San Francisco. Van Ness (US-101) and Lombard (US-101) are both under construction for paving. 19th Avenue (Hwy 1) will be paved this summer. As for 82 aka ECR, it's 5 yrs out at least. Right now, programmed for drainage improvements and paving in 2023-2024. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/transprog/SHOPP/long-lead/shopp_long_lead_listing_approved_projects.pdf
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2019 on El Camino Task Force at The Burlingame Voice
Here is a video explaining why road diets work, for traffic volumes below a certain threshold (<6,000 vehicles per day) https://youtu.be/Rs7jHvh7v-4 Carolan is a good example of a street with volumes that work well with a three lane configuration. People think that four lanes are automatically better than three capacity-wise or travel time-wise. In fact three lanes, with a center lane, can be an improvement. People underestimate the capacity loss or turbulence that happens on four lane roads. People turning left slow and block traffic and create lane changing that has a ripple effect on traffic. This video shows how it works. Traffic is more predictable because of the dedicated left turn lane, less lane changing, less rear end potential and the street maintains the same capacity.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2019 on Bad Dieting Ideas at The Burlingame Voice
I’m no longer surprised at what passes for “design” that city y’all approves. In that same Safeway parking lot, under the awning, are laughably poorly placed bike parking racks. They’re too close to the wall and the railing and impossible to get to. Check it out: https://goo.gl/maps/CPjUCjq1ZLy Focus is on following minimums and checking a box. Never mind that it doesn’t make sense. It looks good on a 2D piece of paper so it must be on. It’s design by paper, but not common sense or from a user perspective. How many car spaces? Oh we have 200, don’t worry that half of it is not accessible or usable by regular vehicles. Bike parking? We have 8 (but only 4 are really usable, but hey 8)
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2019 on Parking Wishlist: 2019 at The Burlingame Voice
This comment from 1/12/05 about crossing at Stack’s and being stranded in the middle of the road, despite the flashing lights, because drivers keep flying by - is exactly still the problem with the Roundabout. It is still dependent on drivers yielding to pedestrians. We know how that goes. If only there was an app or invention that directs drivers to stop until somebody walking finishes crossing the street. Perhaps something intuitive that everyone recognizes and is familiar with.
BillyGBob - when you said “you locals likely figured it out”, you’re perhaps betraying that you’re not a local Burlingamer yourself? Might you know the licensed engineer from out of the Bay Area who “stamped the plans”? The premise of a roundabout is to keep traffic moving, minimizing delay, so drivers will rarely even come to a complete stop. If the city truly wanted traffic calming or to protect people crossing it wouldn’t have minded traffic stopping from time to time. Like with a signal. As far as drivers being “baffled” with what he had before, I agree with the earlier comment - at least we didn’t need a video to tell us what to do. Also the speed limit south of the Ave, in our Auto row, is 30. It’s actually not 25. And Broadway/California/Carolan area “turned out ok”? That is the worst intersection Burlingame and arguably the most troubled intersection in the entire Peninsula. It’s number 2 in the state for train collisions. Not ok.
In the spirit of Fred’s clever crossover comment, Fiat Lux.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2019 on Segno dei Tempi at The Burlingame Voice
Looking forward to the Roundabout’s ribbon-cutting and commissioning in the new year. I hope there will be both wine and cheese. It is after all a multi-million dollar Burlingame taxpayer investment. This should be celebrated.
But here’s the thing - it’s not free money. Per the 3/19/18 Council report, the roundabout itself cost $2.8M. Of that, the “free” or grant money of $1M is from the County’s Measure A sales tax pot for pedestrian and bike improvements. Which means Burlingame had to kick in $1.8M of its own money to build it. That is neither free nor cheap. And the opportunity cost. Instead of $1.8M worth of paved roads, better lit streets, improved traffic signals, real traffic or safety improvements, Council sunk it all in to the middle of the roundabout. Poor Mayor Colson has an immediate mess in her lap.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2018 on Roundabout Comes into Focus at The Burlingame Voice
When humans finally land on Mars, there are 2 things they will see. The Broadway overpass with lights every 5 feet. And the Burlingame roundabout birthday cake with dozens of “candles”. Cassandra is right. Can’t believe council overlit the roundabout up so wastefully, with lighting 3x more than required. On the plus side, when ambulances and fire trucks respond at night to the inevitable rear-enders, sideswipes and pedestrians getting hit because drivers are confused and trying to focus on navigating the RA, the area will be well lit. And bicycle riders - it’ll be dangerous for them day or night. They’ll flee to the sidewalk. A signal would have been better - safer, more intuitive, cheaper and would have been built 2 yrs ago.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2018 on Roundabout Comes into Focus at The Burlingame Voice
That photo captured what’s got to be simultaneously the most glamorous and saddest bus stop. Also striking is that there is that solid white guardrail wall protecting the corner glass wall and the $500k cars behind it. Welcome to Burlingame. Buy your 6-digit Veblen good here but watch out we don’t drive so good.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2018 on Segno dei Tempi at The Burlingame Voice