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Crosswalks to be reinstalled on Hayward downtown loop

HAYWARD — Two crosswalks on A Street that were removed as part of changing Foothill Boulevard, A Street and Mission Boulevard to one way are going back in.

Merchants, Councilman Francisco Zermeno and several residents had objected to the removal of the crosswalks, and pedestrians have been jaywalking at the two intersections since the loop began.

The crosswalk at A and Mission was on the south side of the intersection by Starbucks and the block of A with Buon Appetito. The crosswalk at A and Foothill is on the west side between the consignment shop and CVS pharmacy.

With the removal of the crosswalks, it can take pedestrians more than six minutes to get from one side of the street to the other because they have to make three crossings.

Hayward’s traffic consultants determined the crosswalks can be reinstated “with minimal impact to traffic flow at those intersections,” according to a report from the city manager. The report didn’t say when the crosswalks would be put in, just “as quickly as possible after the redesign is complete and the required equipment, such as additional pedestrian push buttons and signal heads, are purchased.”

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  • Michael Moore

    This is the dumbest, most irresponsible, inhuman and downright despicable idea that any politician ever supported. All that will happen with this is that there will be more, not fewer pedestrian incidents resulting in great bodily harm. Hayward will soon become the laughing stock of the Bay.

  • Monica

    I’m so happy that these crosswalks are back!

  • Teresa Conti

    Mike is right. Essentially, the loop turned those streets into a freeway or expressway. You don’t see anyone crossing these things in San Jose, for example. Not on foot. Don’t put the crosswalks in unless you want to get rid of the loop. The area enclosed by the loop is no longer safe for walking across the street for anyone.

  • Teresa Conti

    Heck, it was hard enough to cross those streets before the loop.

  • Monica

    Well since we’re not able to fly we need to WALK to CROSS the streets. Therefore, crosswalks are needed.

  • Michael Moore

    Monica, I am surprised that you are not advocating a tax to support sky bridges that will allow easy access across the Loop or perhaps you want to put round a bout barriers like Berkeley has to restrict traffic so it is easy to cross. Or perhaps you want to support the current supporters of restricting the speed on the loop and go back to two way streets and end to the Loop. Makes lots of sense to me. Spend the public’s money, without putting it to a vote and then do the opposite and claim what a good person you are. What a waste.

  • Teresa Conti

    I am just saying if you want a pedestrian walk about area in downtown, you can’t put a freeway through the thing. Walking is great provided you can.