The Menlo Park City Council told city staff Jan. 27 to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to improve pedestrian safety at an intersection near Draeger's market where a woman was killed while crossing the street in 2003.
City staff suggested a raised crosswalk across Menlo Avenue at University Drive, along with increased wattage to the streetlight at the corner.
The council agreed with the plan to crank up the wattage.
But while Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson and Mayor Heyward Robinson favored the plan for raised sidewalks, calling it a relatively cheap solution that would increase safety, a majority of council members wanted city staff to take a harder look at the issue.
Rich Cline was skeptical that a raised crosswalk would improve the situation. Andy Cohen suggested a lighted crosswalk. And John Boyle, noting that there hadn't been any accidents at the intersection since the installation of striping and better signage in 2005, asked staff to poll Draeger's and residents in the area for their suggestions.