El Camino Real

There are now several operating pedestrian hybrid beacons on El Camino Real in Atherton. The pedestrian beacons are installed on El Camino Real at the intersections of Isabella Ave., Alejandra Ave. and Almendral Ave.

The pedestrian beacon is designed to stop vehicles at crosswalks and provide pedestrians a controlled crossing through a series of steady and flashing yellow and red lights:

  • When a pedestrian is ready to cross they will activate the beacon.
  • YELLOW lights signal that a driver must slow down and prepare to STOP.
  • Drivers must STOP when the RED Light is steady.
  • Once the RED light is flashing and the crosswalk is clear, the driver may proceed through the intersection after a complete stop has been made.

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Under Menlo: El Camino Real crosses San Francisquito Creek

San Mateo County was carved off from San Francisco County in 1856 soon after California became a state in 1848.  The new county’s southern boundary, San Francisquito Creek, had earlier separated large Spanish land grants. As every California-educated person learns in elementary school, a makeshift road existed south to north in the state, connecting the […]

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Spotted: It’s all about the Boop

What the allure of Betty Boop is we’re not sure, but clearly the owner of this vehicle, spotted along El Camino in Menlo Park,  is a self-proclaimed Boop lover. Photo by Chris Gulker

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