Los Osos Valley Road is not a freeway. My 86-year-old mom lives in Daisy Hill, one of three senior mobile home communities adjacent to Los Osos Valley Road, on the outskirts of Los Osos. Sadly, she’s had to give up driving, and she would love to be able to walk to town from home. She’s tried it. Unfortunately, it’s not safe, not just for pedestrians, but for drivers entering onto the roadway. Drivers speed past these residential developments as if they are entering the freeway. Leaving Los Osos, the speed limit is only 35 mph, then 45 mph. Once past the residential, it’s finally 55 mph for the journey east. If they were clocked, no doubt many are traveling at 60 plus mph. Drivers charge into town the same way: speeding.
Many of us are in a hurry: with getting to work, coming home, or errands. Speeding won’t get you there any sooner. We live in such a beautiful place, why not slow down to enjoy the view, look out for pedestrians, and allow everyone to have the best quality of life possible. And, if you see my mom out walking, maybe you can wave.