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What Is Your Least Favorite Stoplight in Walnut Creek?

A twist on the "Where In Walnut Creek" feature looks at aggravating stoplights.

Is there a stoplight that seems to turn red every time you drive up to it?

Is there one where the lights seems to stay red longer than it takes a slippery politician to answer a question?

In this twist on "Where in Walnut Creek" we're asking you to tell us what's your least favorite stoplight in Walnut Creek.

Here's mine.

The pedestrian-oriented stoplight along the Contra Costa Canal bike trail as it crosses Bancroft Road near the Countrywood Shopping Center.

This is a busy road near its busy intersection with Treat Boulevard.

The light seems to change as soon as one person pushes the "walk" button.

A couple dozen cars will often pile up while one or two bicyclists or walkers cross the street.

The signal should be there for the safety of the pedestrians and bicyclists but can't we delay the changing of the signal so that a group of people cross the street at one time instead of just one or two?

Longtimer July 02, 2011 at 01:44 PM
The crosswalk at PFChangs and H&M. All stop lights in all directions around that crosswalk getv messed up because of that crosswalk with no light!
Ralph Hoffmann July 02, 2011 at 02:13 PM
As I no longer drive, to save money, the environment and promote energy independence, I like all stoplights. We don't have enough stoplights in downtown. Daily I see drivers drive thru intersctions while crosswalks are occupied, with no police in sight. It would cost less to install stoplights than hire more police, or the liability drivers would pay if they hit someone.
Karen Cohen July 02, 2011 at 02:31 PM
The issue is drivers v walkers and 99.9% of the time stoplights favor drivers. Ever try to walk in or near downtown WC? The long lights are s-o-o-o-o-o frustrating. The crosswalk near PF Chang is an improvement, although you still have to be very careful to make sure the cars will stop. To walkers and bicyclists, the crosswalk on Bancroft near Countrywood is a blessing.
Karen Cohen July 02, 2011 at 02:32 PM
The issue is drivers v walkers and 99.9% of the time stoplights favor drivers. Ever try to walk in or near downtown WC? The long lights are s-o-o-o-o-o frustrating. The crosswalk near PF Chang is an improvement, although you still have to be very careful to make sure the cars will stop. To walkers and bicyclists, the crosswalk on Bancroft near Countrywood is a blessing.
Patty Smith July 02, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Creating that additional stop at PF Chang's and H & M was bad for the environment - more cars idling and spewing more CO2 - and unnecessary as there were all ready existing stoplights on Main Street and Broadway. But why should shoppers about to spend money be delayed even a few minutes in their pursuit of more consumer goods to eventually fill our landfills when they buy more? Why should they have to walk a few yards to the existing traffic lights when they can plunge across in the middle of the block? Why did no one take into consideration all the Walnut Creek neighborhoods that use Mt. Diablo as their route into downtown and 24? Why couldn't an overpass been built to connect the two shopping areas? Shoppers seemed to take precedence over Walnut Creek residents to the city planners in this one. I sometimes now opt to take Ygnacio to 24. It is too frustrating to see that the traffic light is green and will turn red by the time you are done waiting for all the shoppers amble across.
David Dunkle July 02, 2011 at 03:49 PM
In this "modern" era, more traffic lights should have a sensor that reacts more timely with the flow of traffic...akes no sense to have so many lights timed for Rush hour traffic when there isn't any. Too many times you sit and sit and many lites- but definitely at California and Civic/Trinity- very long light! Come on WC- timing sensors would be very beneficial to all! Oh drivers, please be MORE aware of pedestrians- we have rights to!!!
larry McEwen July 02, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Bancroft and the Canal is a frustrating light for drivers. The canal and Oak Road light is also frustrating for drivers. Let one pedestrian/biker wait a little while before stopping 20 to 30 cars. Also a pet peeve are the pedestrian that push the walk button and then don't wait for the light to change. Cars then line up for the light and there is no one crossing the street.
Mom of the Horde July 02, 2011 at 08:13 PM
How long is a pedestrian supposed to wait? 10 minutes? 20 minutes? I live by the canal/Oak Road light, and frequently used the Canal/Bancroft crossing as a pedestrian. It takes approximately 1-2 minutes for the Oak Road/Canal crossing to cycle for pedestrians to cross. The light at Bancroft/canal crossing can take anywhere from 3-5 minutes from the time you push the button.
janice smith July 02, 2011 at 08:16 PM
The stop light after crossingLa Casa Via at JMMC. hardly EVER is green when approaching. Most pet peeve is when all drivers(it seems) are in the left turn lane and I miss the turn light at Homestead. Grr.
Ralph Hoffmann July 02, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Federal ADA Law changed on 1/1/11 to lengthen the time pedestrians could cross at stoplights. For example, the time to cross N California Blvd @ Civic/Trinity was increased from ~22 seconds to about ~28 seconds.
John N July 02, 2011 at 11:18 PM
I hate the light on the corner of Ygnacio and Walnut Blvd. Way too long!!!!
Jeff July 02, 2011 at 11:58 PM
The Green Light time when turning out from Countrywood Center to Bancroft is way too short (I think it is at Pomar?). The Walnut Blvd. and Ygnacio V. Rd. time for a single car turning onto Ygnacio from Walnut Blvd at 12:30 AM is way too long. I have seen 10 cars stopped on Ygnacio waiting way after a single car turns from Walnut. How about 5 seconds instead of 1 minute? Should be just long enough for the car to get moving. Lastly, when I am a pedestrian on the street, I don't have the attitude that 5 cars moving at 30 MPH must stop for me to cross anywhere. Common sense and a bit of brains, and I can easily time a crossing without the assistance of changing a red light onto the cars. It always amazes me the better than thou attitude people get when they are on foot compared to behind the wheel. As if the drivers are evil. So many times one person can easily cross if he waits a couple seconds, but would rather stop 30+ cars for his special A** to cross. I can understand a mother and her children, or an elderly person, but some 25 year old male? Give me a break
Mom of the Horde July 03, 2011 at 07:27 AM
Hmmmm.... Re: the canal trail crossings. The Oak Rd. one is generally NOT that busy, nor that long. I honestly don't see why people are complaining about it. The Bancroft one takes MUCH longer to cycle. If you push the button right after the light has turned red, it takes about 3 minutes to turn green again... even then, pedestrians have to worry about pinhead drivers running the red light. For the past 9 months I was crossing there 6 times a week, and at least once a week I observed people running that light, and it wasn't always just people trying to squeak through a stale yellow light. My least favorite stoplight? The one at Walnut Blvd and YVR. With the amount of traffic coming to and from WCI, they really need to have protected left turns in there.
Carol Olmert July 03, 2011 at 03:25 PM
North Main and Parkside
Maria July 04, 2011 at 01:45 AM
left turn light from eastbound Treat to Candelero Dr. waste of CO2 emissions when no cars coming westbound Treat and you can see the cars stopped at Bancroft red light.
lmm July 05, 2011 at 04:56 AM
The Canal-trail light at Bancroft near Countrywood Center is also a busy school crossing. I've ridden bikes with my son to Bancroft Elementary many mornings and we waited a LONG time for the light to give us the right-of-way. Sometimes it never did change and we had to go on the red or be late for school. When I called the city, they said it often gets stuck and they have to repair it. So suck it up, drivers. It's a necessary nuisance.
Thomas G Dunne July 07, 2011 at 06:46 PM
.....How about a good one. I nominate Geary and Pleasant Hill Road. The City crew that maintain's our traffic light's do a great job under sometime very demanding conditions.
Don Eng July 07, 2011 at 06:49 PM
The left turn lane light on west bound Mt. Diablo onto Main St. at Tiffany's, for some reason, is often invisible to drivers. I think there is something awkward with its placement that prevents the lead driver waiting to turn left from noticing when the arrow turns green, causing congestion and a cacophony of honking horns from the drivers behind him!
Elizabeth July 07, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Condit and South Pleasant Hill road!!! They use it to slow people down!! It could be pitch dark at 11:00pm and there is not a soul around on Condit, but if you start towards it, it will get you every time!!!!!!!!
Janice Litvin July 07, 2011 at 11:33 PM
YV Rd offramp facing the Bart station, when you want to turn Left! And, by the way, the right-turn lane is extremely dangerous for pedestrians because of the long right-turn on red. People coming off the fwy. are still racing.
michael frederick July 08, 2011 at 07:31 AM
David, This has got to be one of the best topics EVER! I've learned and I hope some folks at City Hall have followed it -- to get a better perspective on where to weight problem areas, how to address conflicting modes of transportation and users, etc. (Former City Mgr) Tom Dunne -- thanks for contributing, it's great to hear from you! I agree, Rafeit (spelling?) and the group do great. I've always been impressed with him, in particular, in no small measure BECAUSE HE LIVES HERE!!!! In contrast, I'm always spectaculary unimpressed by those who earn a living by recommending unbridled growth for WC, but choose to live someplace more bucolic. He's out there fighting traffic with the rest of us and you've got to respect that. I think the city is trying to incorporate more sensors and monitored lights to smarten-up the operation. Hopefully, stuff like this that benefits everyone won't be a casualty of our financial situation.

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