Jan 6 2016

OPINION: Drop Off at Magnolia and Highland is a Disaster.

Piedmont resident responds to the City Council approved changes to the traffic island area at the intersection of Highland and Magnolia Avenues: 

The new traffic pattern established last week by eliminating the drop off at Magnolia and Highland Avenues (Blue Vase at the Excedra)  is a disaster.  Parents are dropping off kids at the Wells Fargo Bank, creating a back up there two and three cars wide.  And the traffic line to drop off kids at Piedmont Middle School is incessant.  I know it has been raining all week, but this will still be a problem after the rain stops.
I propose turning Bonita Avenue between Magnolia Avenue (at Piedmont High School) and Vista Avenue into a two way street.  I realize this would eliminate some parking spots along that strip, but would create another drop off spot for students at all three schools.
 Alison Avagliano,  Piedmont Resident
 Editors’ Note:  Opinions expressed are those of the author.

Read prior article about the changes to the intersection.

3 Responses to “OPINION: Drop Off at Magnolia and Highland is a Disaster.”

  1. I have a better idea, have the kids “go green” and walk to school on most days. Yes, some kids live a bit far to walk, especially for elementary aged kids, but most live within a very walkable distance.

    Some resources:

  2. Or for those that must drive, make a drop-off zone at the tennis courts on Vista Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. so students can be dropped there, decreasing the Magnolia Avenue congestion.

  3. I totally support the “green” response. I live on Florada Avenue and all three of my kids walked to school… even kindergarten. My youngest daughter said walking gave her time to “get her act together.” She now has a PhD from Princeton.

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