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The major criteria include consideration of: crash history (specifically crashes that may have been prevented by the stop control), right-of-way conflicts, proximity to schools, and any unusual conditions (such as proximity to high pedestrian generators, unique roadway geometry).
Unwarranted stop signs should not be installed as they can result in inappropriate driver behavior. Unwarranted stop signs tend to be disrespected by some drivers who do not fully stop and who may even speed up between stops to make up for perceived “lost time” at the stop sign. Additionally, Federal and State guidelines recommend against installing stop signs for speed control. If you have a speeding concern, please contact the Police Department via their on-line process to request enforcement.
If you would like to request a stop sign installation, please email Traffic.Safety@sanjoseca.gov, or call (408) 535-3850.
If you would like to request a crosswalk, please email Traffic.Safety@sanjoseca.gov, or call (408) 535-3850. Please include in your request the recommended best time for the City to observe pedestrian crossing activity.
On all other roadways, factors considered in the Engineering and Traffic Survey include: prevailing speed of traffic (85th percentile speeds), accident records, and highway traffic and roadside conditions not readily apparent to the driver, residential density and pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
A common misconception is that lowering a speed limit will slow the speed of traffic. However, most drivers travel at a speed that they consider to be safe and comfortable, regardless of the posted speed limit. Unreasonable speed limits (speed traps) may not be established; and by State law, such speed limits are not radar enforceable. Citations are typically dismissed in traffic court if a traffic commissioner determines that the posted speed limit is a speed trap.
If you have questions regarding the establishment of speed limits or would like to request installation of a speed limit sign, please email Traffic.Safety@sanjoseca.gov, or call (408) 535-3850.
Factors taken into consideration when determining if an on-street disabled parking space is appropriate include:
• Availability and condition of off-street parking, such as a relatively flat (non-sloped) driveway and/or garage. Parking off-street is the preferred location for disabled access to a vehicle.• The condition of the park strip, sidewalk area and street pavement that will be used by a disabled individual accessing a parked vehicle.• On-street parking demand in the neighborhood.• Support of the adjacent property owner, if the property is rented.
Possession of a current Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued disability placard or disabled license plate is required, with a registration form that shows the requestor’s name and address.
If you would like to request for a location to be evaluated for an on-street disabled parking space, please email Traffic.Safety@sanjoseca.gov, or call (408) 535-3850.
The City has limited resources to conduct the necessary traffic signal warrant studies and to install new traffic signals. The installation of a traffic signal is a significant investment (approximately $450,000 - 500,000).
If you would like to request that an intersection be considered for a new traffic signal, please email Traffic.Safety@sanjoseca.gov, or call (408) 535-3850. Traffic engineers can assist with making an initial evaluation to determine if the intersection is a good candidate for further studies, or if there are other improvements that may enhance traffic safety or operations of the intersection.