October 22, 2003

Downtown North Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING November 6, 2003, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m

Presentation & Discussion of Trial Evaluation

La Comida Dining Room, Avenidas, 450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto


Dear Resident, Property Owner or Business Person:

In December 2000, the City Council approved a six-month trial traffic calming project for the Downtown North neighborhood, bounded by Alma, Lytton, Middlefield and San Francisquito Creek. The purpose of the project is to reduce the volume of cut-through commuter traffic in the neighborhood, especially on Hawthorne and Everett, and reduce the incidence of speeding. The project consists of several street closures and gateways within the neighborhood. To help traffic flow around the neighborhood, the Alma/Lytton and Middlefield/Lytton intersections were modified. The six-month trial began June 16, 2003 after all project elements were installed.

Transportation Division staff is now gathering traffic and speed counts, plus reports from the Fire and Police Departments and other services. We also received considerable unsolicited correspondence from neighborhood and nearby residents, as well as detailed reports from several neighborhood meetings conducted by the Downtown North Neighborhood Association. Transportation staff has developed a preliminary evaluation report to present to interested residents at a public meeting scheduled as above. This would be a good opportunity for residents to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the project.

Next Steps. Following this meeting, this preliminary evaluation report and a survey postcard will be mailed to everyone receiving this letter. The mailing and survey area includes the Downtown North neighborhood (boundaries as above),  all addresses along Alma, Lytton and Middlefield surrounding Downtown North, and the “Lytton neighborhood” bounded by Middlefield, Chaucer, University and San Francisquito Creek. < My Map of area mll> You should receive this package by November 17. The survey will give each of you the opportunity to register your opinion on the project as well as on modifications and/or alternatives. Your comments provided to us on the survey postcard will give us the information we need to complete our evaluation of this project.  The tentative schedule calls for the Transportation Division staff report on this project to be available to the public by mid-December, and to be presented to the Planning and Transportation Commission for a public hearing on December 17. You will receive a confirmation of these dates in early December. If you have any questions, or if you know of someone who did not receive this letter and who lives in the mailing area noted above, please contact Carl Stoffel at (650) 329-2552 or carl.stoffel@cityofpaloalto.org.



Transportation Engineer