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Update: Where Are Belmont's Most Dangerous Intersections?

Know a dangerous intersection in Belmont? Click the "add" button to place it on our map.

 

In March, we asked Patch users to pinpoint the city's most dangerous intersections on this interactive map.

Sunday's near the corner of Ralston Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas has some Patch users talking about municipal speed limits. Fortunately no one was seriously injured, but the crash shut down the intersection in all directions for over an hour and several vehicles were damaged.

Know an intersection that you think puts motorists and pedestrians at risk? Add a point to the map and Belmont Patch will follow up with city staff on their plans for making our streets safer. 

How to add a point on the map:

  1. In the right-hand corner of the map, click the "Add" button.
  2. Type in a name and the intersection you would like to add.
  3. Press submit and the pin should appear.

Tell us in the comment section of any experinces you've had with dangerous Belmont intersections.


Judi April 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I've seen some NASTY accidents at Alameda & Ralston. I've seen the Fire Trucks trying to come down Ralston from Cipriani Station, and motorists at Alameda stoplight don't know what to do to get out of the way (moving into the busy intersection). It would be a great educational service for the FD & PD to present to homeowners associations & at community events, a picture demonstration of what they should do at a busy intersection to get out of the way for emergency responders.
Gloria April 24, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Part of the traffic problem in both Belmont and San Carlos is pedestrians who do not obey the traffic signal. I constantly see them crossing the street when "the hand" is solid red. In general, I think that people in our area have no regard for cars and traffic. i know that pedestrians have the right of way. BUT nobody around here uses common sense. The high school kids don't LOOK before stepping into the crosswalk. People in general just expect cars to magically stop for them. IT WORKS BOTH WAYS PEOPLE!!! Pedestrians need to LOOK for cars and NOT CROSS until it looks safe, or the "hand" is not solid. And drivers need to look out for pedestrians and pay attention to traffic signals. I grew up in the NY area, and we were always taught to be careful and not cross the street until it looked safe. But around here, people just expect cars to always yield to them no matter what. In fact, last week I was driving in San Carlos and some stupid women were standing IN THE MIDDLE OF LAUREL STREET TALKING and got annoyed when I beeped at them to move. I was afraid of getting rear-ended! What is wrong with people around here? It's a wonder there aren't even more accidents.
Gloria April 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Part of the traffic problem in both Belmont and San Carlos is pedestrians who do not obey the traffic signal. I constantly see them crossing the street when "the hand" is solid red. In general, I think that people in our area have no regard for cars and traffic. i know that pedestrians have the right of way. BUT nobody around here uses common sense. The high school kids don't LOOK before stepping into the crosswalk. People in general just expect cars to magically stop for them. IT WORKS BOTH WAYS PEOPLE!!! Pedestrians need to LOOK for cars and NOT CROSS until it looks safe, or the "hand" is not solid. And drivers need to look out for pedestrians and pay attention to traffic signals. I grew up in the NY area, and we were always taught to be careful and not cross the street until it looked safe. But around here, people just expect cars to always yield to them no matter what. In fact, last week I was driving in San Carlos and some stupid women were standing IN THE MIDDLE OF LAUREL STREET TALKING and got annoyed when I beeped at them to move. I was afraid of getting rear-ended! What is wrong with people around here? It's a wonder there aren't even more accidents.
Claire Karoly Ard April 24, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I agree with "Love Belmont" - the foliage drives me nuts because you can't see people crossing from Carlmont Shopping Center to the Vivace side. I was startled to see an older gentleman crossing the street as I was just about to cross the crosswalk - I didn't see him because of the bushes and I didn't see the lights. Luckily he had only reached the median as I was crossing (headed toward Alameda). It's just a very awkward crosswalk and I'm always nervous driving around there.
TMC April 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I agree about this crossing, but it's a legal crossing whether there's a crosswalk or not. The lights will only flash if someone pushes the button and not everyone does. They're timed long enough to flash for the average person to get across. I've also watched people go around (they've gone around me!) and it makes me terribly nervous for the pedestrian.

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