Recent video recorded in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park captures cut-through traffic in action, with cars whooshing through a left turn without caution.
The videos were recorded by resident Amar Murugan, who lives on Baywood Avenue, and who has seen an increase in cut-through traffic on his street in the last year, since the Willow Road/Middlefield Road intersection was redone.
He said some drivers on northbound Middlefield Road, waiting to turn right onto Willow Road, attempt to bypass traffic congestion by taking a right on Woodland Avenue to Bayland Avenue and then a left on Clover Lane to get to Willow Road.
"Everyone knows that traffic's become a bigger problem in Menlo Park," he said in an interview. "We've asked the city to address (it)."
He and several other residents of the neighborhood presented the video in a PowerPoint presentation they gave to Councilman Ray Mueller, who has since contacted the transportation and bicycle commissions and Police Chief Bob Jonsen.
The bypass route is a common entry point to the Willows for kids on bikes, and seeing "vehicles flying through there with no purpose but to get through traffic is a significant problem," Mr. Mueller said.
Go to YouTube to watch the videos:
● Video 1
● Video 2