A Sign for Our Times

Kyler Jerome worked with the city of San Carlos to erect a neon yellow pedestrian sign on the west side of the Alameda at Howard.

Kyler Jerome learned a valuable lesson in civics over the past few months and it has led to an important change at the intersection of Howard Street and Alameda de las Pulgas in San Carlos.

His efforts have also landed him a position on the Transportation Commission.

The most impressive fact in Jerome's dealings with the city of San Carlos? He's 12 years old.

Jerome spent the past nine months working to obtain a better, clearer sign indicating the pedestrian walkway at the busy intersection. Now he'd like to see the actual crosswalk get an overhaul so that it can be seen by drivers.
Jerome took the matter to the city after almost being hit twice.

He still wants to bring more awareness to drivers who frequent the area to slow down and follow California state law as required in the Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection . . . (c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.

The process was drawn out, and still the seventh-grader to be at Central Middle School continued to rally support for the project. It all came to fruition when the city erected a neon yellow pedestrian sign on both sides of the Alameda approaching Howard.

He's not finished though. Jerome remains committed to getting a new paint job for the crosswalk. He's already shown what perseverance and determination can accomplish, so why stop now?

A study done by the National Center for Education Statistics showed that high school seniors scored lower on a national civics test in 2010 than they did in 2006. With the help of young students, like Kyler Jerome, perhaps those scores will rise again.

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Rex July 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The sign is a good idea, but not everyone notices it. If waiting for a break in traffic is not possible, I start out into the crosswalk. I wait until I see that the driver is slowing down, then proceed. That usually works.
Alan Fitch July 10, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I guess if I were a 12 year old, I would be able to get the city to enforce the Stop Sign in front of my house.
kris July 10, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Rex, starting out into the crosswalk might work except for the fact that people zip straight through the left turn lane if they see the traffic stopped. That is a huge part of the problem with that intersection.
Rick Eymer July 10, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Alan, I get the feeling you've tried to work with the city regarding the problem. Maybe you can get a 12-year-old to make the appeal. Problem is a sign was added. We don't know how successful it will be. Do you have the time to make a video of cars driving thru the intersection? That might help.
Rex July 23, 2012 at 07:05 PM
kris, yes, that's a bad intersection for pedestrians. And part of the problem, even with new signs, is that drivers have more distractions inside the car than ever, including the newer cars with dashboard screens.


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