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No-parking rules enforced in 'Gerona triangle'

STANFORD -- Stanford University has tightened parking enforcement in an area known as the "Gerona triangle," frequented by many joggers and hikers who like to park close to the foothills.

As many as 100 vehicles a day had been parking illegally in a field off Gerona Road before eucalyptus log barriers were installed in mid-May. After the barriers were installed, Chief Marvin Herrington of the Stanford Police Department said, officers began enforcing no-parking regulations on Gerona Road, a narrow street in the faculty-staff residential area of campus.

"With cars parked along that street, it became too much of a safety hazard," Herrington said.

The "triangle" is formed by Gerona Road, Campus Drive East and Junipero Serra Blvd. People parking in the area had only to cross Junipero Serra to get to the popular hiking and jogging paths.

"We're not discouraging people from using the paths," Herrington said. "The parking, however, had gotten out of hand, and we were receiving many complaints from residents."

Public parking is available about a quarter mile from the foothills, Herrington said, at the Tresidder Memorial Union parking lots. The lot has long-term meters that are free after 4 p.m. and on weekends, which is when most off-campus hikers and joggers tend to use the foothills.

The parking lot at Tresidder is adjacent to a walking-jogging path that follows Mayfield Drive and Campus Drive East right to the area where parking had become a problem.

"It's not that much farther to go for someone who comes out to hike or jog," Herrington said.



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