August 2018 Update
City Council approved the conceptual design for traffic calming on the Hopkins corridor at the April 23rd meeting. Much of the discussion at the meeting focused on the size and location of proposed medians, and whether a temporary pilot would be beneficial. Council’s direction was to pilot the medians in order to facilitate further community input prior to final installation. Staff is working with the consultant team to create a plan for the pilot installation and will be meeting with local residents regarding the location of pilot medians for each block on the the mornings of Tuesday, August 21st and Thursday, August 23rd from 9am-12pm. If you would like additional information regarding these site meetings, please contact the City using the contact information below.
Hopkins Avenue is a residential street connecting area residents to local destinations (e.g. Stafford Park) and to roads that access local and regional destinations (e.g. Alameda de las Pulgas, El Camino Real). In response to concerns raised by residents about the speed and volume of traffic on Hopkins Avenue, the City collected preliminary traffic-related data. Due to the width of the street (greater than 40’ wide), its classification as a minor collector street, and traffic volumes (more than 3,000 vehicles per day), Hopkins does not qualify for speed humps – the most common form of traffic calming. As such, other traffic calming devices (median islands, curb extensions, traffic circles, etc.) would be used to slow traffic. Due to the cost and trade-offs associated with these measures the City uses a community process to define the preferred design.
Complete Streets Advisory Committee Meeting - February 20, 2018
The Complete Streets Advisory Committee (CSAC) recommended forwarding the Hopkins Avenue Traffic Safety Project to the City Council for their consideration. The committee supported the design as proposed, with the exception of the permanent medians which they felt should be piloted before making permanent. The pilot would include an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and further community feedback.
Community Survey - December, 2017
A survey was administered to gauge neighborhood support for the conceptual design in December, 2017. A majority (63%) of the respondents (223) supported the conceptual plan.
Community Meeting - September 6, 2017
Community Meeting - June 27, 2017
Redwood City hosted a meeting to share community feedback and to discuss conceptual designs for the corridor.
Community Meeting - December 8, 2015
Redwood City hosted a community meeting to discuss a possible traffic calming project on Hopkins Avenue. At the meeting, attendees agreed that existing traffic volumes, speeds, and behavior were undesirable, and they expressed interest in making changes to the street to minimize this behavior. However, no consensus was reached in terms of what the design should look like.
Resident Small Group Meeting - August 19, 2015
Redwood City staff met with a small group of residents to better understand their concerns and to solicit ideas for changes to the street. Based on this feedback and the data collected, a Redwood City transportation consultant developed a traffic calming concept for the street. The concept was presented at the Dec. 8, 2015 Community Meeting.
After the City develops the traffic calming prioritization system, this website and interested residents will be updated on the status of a Hopkins project. No traffic calming changes will be made without additional community meetings, but Redwood City will continue to process traffic engineering requests (e.g. sign visibility, stop signs, red curb).
Patti Schrotenboer, PE
Jessica Manzi, PE
Senior Transportation Coordinator