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Parking Along Temple Avenue to End April 1

A Los Angeles County Department of Public Works study showed there had been 22 rear-end collisions along that stretch in the past five years.

Students and others who park along Temple Avenue between Mt. San Antonio College and Cal Poly Pomona will not be able to do so anymore starting April 1.

Due to safety concerns, local agencies plan to restrict parking along the busy thoroughfare, according to a news release on the Cal Poly Pomona website.

Last year, Cal Poly students brought up the issue of parking on Temple at a “Pizza with the Presidents” event on campus.  Students wanted to know what could be done to improve safety on Temple, which has had a number of traffic accidents and other incidents in recent years, according to university officials.

Temple Avenue has two lanes in each direction that are separated by a raised median.  The posted speed limit is 50 mph.  The strip between the two campuses is unlighted at night and several crimes have been reported there, including a sexual assault in 2010, according to university officials.

The area also does not have a crosswalk beyond University Drive, so students must navigate past fast-moving traffic to get to the south side of the street.

Cal Poly officials reportedly began talking with representatives from Los Angeles County and the city of Pomona, which has jurisdiction over Temple, last summer about possible ways to improve safety.

After the discussions, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works did a study that included analyzing traffic collision reports, conducting field observations, and looking at other related data, university officials said.  The study revealed a pattern of rear-end collisions during a five-year period ending last August, mostly the result of drivers slowing or stopping mid-block while waiting to pull into a parking space, according to the university.  The 22 accidents were evenly divided on both sides of the street.

That prompted the county’s Department of Public Works to recommend the total parking ban between University Drive and the Walnut city limit.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the measure Feb. 5.

During his weekly video update Monday, Cal Poly President Michael Ortiz said that the university had suggested installing streetlights or increasing patrols in the area, but respects the county’s decision.

“The result isn’t what we were initially asking for, but we understand installing streetlights won’t make a difference in rear-end collisions that happen in broad daylight,” he said.

The restricted parking is expected to affect 150 to 180 cars out of the approximately 22,000 that come to campus on a busy day, according to Cal Poly.  The university’s Parking & Transportation Services is urging students to consider purchasing passes for campus lots or participating in the rideshare program.

Visit http://www.dsa.csupomona.edu/parking for more information on these programs.

 

Dr. James Swartz March 21, 2013 at 03:13 PM
a very good step toward improving one end of the mess around mt. sac. but now the cities and county need to complete the job by adding lights and bike lanes on both sides of that busy avenue. mr. king, your reaction since you sit on city council?
Vito Spago March 21, 2013 at 03:16 PM
That's it. Screw the students again. Just because of the crappy drivers in the Walnut/Diamond bar area, students who need parking take the hit. Crime is bad in the area and again, a band aid is applied. Glad neither my kids nor myself ever considered MSAC or CalPoly Pomona to go to school. Qualtiy of student life sucks there. (actually quality of student life sucks at all communter schools)
Tom King March 21, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Cancelling the parking is a band aid solution. The LA County strip is poorly maintained and without street lights. The poor visibility and speeding drivers add to the accidents. I wish we could annex the unincorporated area, (including the Cal Poly Bookstore) into Walnut. We could kick back a portion of the sales tax from the store to properly maintain the roadway and light it. The MTSAC bookstore is one of the highest sales tax producers in Walnut. Chances are, however, if it was to be annexed, Pomona would get it, and because they are a full service city with a Police Department and high employee costs, Next time you go to Century City compare the maintenance to this small County strip of land by LA County.
Vito Spago March 21, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Thanks for your comment, Tom. Of all the city council members, I think you are the most worthwhile. Too bad you have to write so formally because of your political obligations. Personally, what I like about the internet is that you can assume a name and throw pretenses out the window!
pamylla March 21, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Mt. SAC and Cal Poly both have a lot to offer; no need to put these colleges down. That said, there are many areas needing IMROVEMENT, such as the traffic flow, safety and crime. Too often these "band aids" are applied after the fact - nobody wants to look ahead and think about PREVENTION.
Vito Spago March 21, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I will agree they are good schools for EDUCATION. It is just that they put kids through unnecessary stress.
pamylla March 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Yes; students face a LOT of stress these days - financial, emotional, and otherwise. Many of them hold down a regular job in addition to taking classes. And parking fees just keep going up and up.
Michael March 22, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Right, the Walnut City Council just voted to put in parking meters in front of Mt. Sac to get a few more bucks from those students. Never give them a break I guess.
Larry W March 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Have you considered that the crappy drivers ARE the students themselves?

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