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  •  question: if you cannot cross the road where there (25+ / 0-)

    is no sidewalk, where is the nearest pavement and now far would she have had to walk to get to that pavement in order to cross.  If that law (municipal, county, or state?) were in effect here, I would have to walk 15 miles to get to a sidewalk in order to cross the road to get to my mailbox.

    I am reminded of a local speed trap which had one speed limit (25 mph) entering town and another (45 mph) leaving town (with a large welcome sign for the cops to hide behind)  A guy finally won his case when he asserted that a highway could not have separate and distinct speed limits for each lane of an undivided road, particularly a gap of 20 mph.  He won his case.

    I would suggest reviewing the jaywalking statutes and see if the laws even apply to the area where the arrest was made.  Cops sometimes get a little "law happy" and start applying inapplicable statutes  

    •  Perhaps it should be “crosswalk” ?? /nt (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Nowhere in SM County (3+ / 0-)
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      Is distance to a paved crosswalk an issue.  This is a fully urbanized area in the SF Bay Area.

      •  It must have gotten better in last 5 years (4+ / 0-)
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        Dangerous by Design

        When Adrienne Leigh first moved into suburban Hillsborough in 1997, she was expecting all the benefits of a small town nestled in the hills halfway between San Francisco and San Jose: open space, friendly neighbors and quiet streets. After a few weeks, however, Adrienne, her husband and two small children soon realized that life in Hillsborough was going to be more difficult than they thought. Even though the public elementary school that Adrienne's children attended was a mere two and a half blocks away, she began driving them because walking to school without sidewalks was far more difficult than she expected.

        "I live in a beautiful community but everyone drives everywhere. Kids are completely dependent on parents to get where they need to go," explains Leigh. "People speed through the streets, the same streets that kids have to walk in because we have no usable bike paths or sidewalks." After finding that she wasn’t alone in her dilemma, Leigh decided to join her school's safety committee. But after local officials and city engineers repeatedly denied requests from committee members to undertake a proactive pedestrian safety effort, she and another mom soon went on to form their own organization. "Safe Paths of Hillsborough" is stumping for safer places for kids to walk and bike, especially around schools and parks. "We went and bought books on traffic engineering, street design, and pedestrian safety because we needed to learn what could be done within traffic engineering standards," says Leigh. "We found that there was indeed lots you could do to improve pedestrian safety. But nothing seemed to be happening, There was a lot of sentiment to just preserve the status quo."

        Leigh notes that after more than a year of meetings, rallies and city council hearings, the group is growing and winning support. "At first we thought the effort would just attract parents, but we've appealed to a lot of seniors and empty nesters too. They used to be able to walk around the community but now it's too dangerous so they want to get involved."

        And in recent months, local officials have begun to respond. Hillsborough recently hired a new city engineer, launched a comprehensive pedestrian safety study around schools, approved its first bike lane, and increased enforcement efforts evidenced by a 400 percent increase in moving violations issued within the last twelve months. "I walk my kids to school now. There still aren't any dedicated sidewalks, but hopefully that'll change soon," says Leigh. "More kids walking means fewer parents driving and less traffic, hopefully that's reason enough for the city and school district to start paying attention."

        It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

        by se portland on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 10:42:43 AM PDT

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        •  I remember (2+ / 0-)
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          in the mid-60's when I tried to take the bus and walk to a classmate's home in Hillsborough from mine in San Mateo. The distance was not unreasonable, but the logistics of a hilly area with no sidewalks defeated me. I was so accustomed to having sidewalks in San Mateo that it didn't occur to me that an affluent community would not have them. I guess they wanted to discourage the pedestrian riff-raff from visiting their demesnes. Nowadays, places like Hillsborough are gated communities.

        •  The OP (1+ / 0-)
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          Didn't say Hillsborough.

          Hillsborough is a minuscule town up in tbe hills of the county.  Wealthy, but almost nobody in the county lives there.

          •  Über-wealthy, and the complete opposite of (1+ / 0-)
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            the description of where the woman in the diary got arrested (industrial zone near the airport).

            For some reason, several of the wealthier cities here don't want sidewalks.  I live near Los Altos, which, away from their commercial zones, not only have no sidewalks but also no street lights.

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