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Map for Bike Ride Today (7/29/16 at 11:30am) - REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:24:18 -0700

Here is map of the route for today's bike ride. Thank you.


On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM, Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)

> Hello Again,
> I wanted to let you all know that I was contacted today by a KRON 4
> Reporter and I conducted an interview this afternoon that will be airing
> tonight at 8pm. The message that I attempted to convey to the reporter was
> that I am working to organize the community to bring attention to Safe
> Routes so that the City Council will take action. I let him know that the
> plan is currently under revision (pending my edits and some open
> feasibility questions) and that the new plan will hopefully reflect the
> needs of the larger community. In my opinion, I spoke very highly of the
> school, the City (both staff and elected leaders) and community members
> (residents and neighbors). I hope the final piece that airs reflects the
> positive tone and message I hoped to convey.
> The choice of tuning in is yours...Hillary Clinton's speech at the
> Democratic National Convention or Laurel Mom.
> Enjoy!
> Jen
> P.S. I have unedited footage that I haven't yet seen (thanks to my friend
> who came and recorded it) if any of you feel the need/desire to view.
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 12:45 PM, Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
> wrote:
>> FYI - I am in the process of revising the Laurel Connector Bike Plan and
>> Petition. Please see my recent posting on NextDoor (copied below).
>> Also, if possible, I'd love to see any of you tomorrow (Friday July 29th)
>> at the bike ride around the neighborhood. We're meeting at 11:30am at the
>> entrance to the Upper Laurel campus at 275 Elliott Drive. In addition to
>> attendees I've already mentioned, Ahmad Sheikholeslami from the MPCSD
>> District Office will also be joining. Bring a bike!
>> Thanks!
>> Jen Wolosin
>> --------------------
>> I Hear You - Revision Coming - Laurel Connector Bike Plan
>> <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=29614526>
>> Jennifer Wolosin <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/profile/559794> from Vintage
>> Oaks · 2h ago
>> Dear Neighbors,
>> I hear you. I've been communicating privately with many of you and after
>> personally reaching out, I have also talked to and had meetings with the
>> owners of Mardini's on Gilbert and Willow, and a group of business owners
>> from the shops at Menalto and Gilbert. I want to thank everyone who I've
>> either spoken to or corresponded with. Everyone's heart is in the right
>> place and everyone is doing their best to figure out a solution that
>> works for both kids and businesses, residents and their visitors.
>> Given all this tremendous feedback, I am working on a REVISED plan and
>> subsequent petition that provides for the safety of our children AND the
>> needs of others in the community (businesses, residents and visitors). I'm
>> sorry if I alarmed many of you with the strong wording of the petition. My
>> passion for creating a Safe Route to School had me laser focused on the
>> needs of the kids. Having heard from many of you, I now understand that the
>> solution must strike a balance. As long as we can come up with a plan that
>> still keeps kids safe, even if it's not my favorite plan, that's great.
>> Like I said, this isn't about me, this is about all of us and what
>> priorities we have for our neighborhoods. I'm happy to have started a
>> conversation.
>> I am currently waiting to hear back from the Menlo Park Transportation
>> Department to assess the feasibility of some alternative suggestions. I am
>> also updating the wording in the plan document and on the petition to
>> reflect many of the ideas that you have shared.
>> I can't promise that all of you will love the revised plan/petition, but
>> I am confident that many of you will find that it strikes an appropriate
>> balance. I would love nothing more than to walk into the next City Council
>> meeting (August 30th at 7pm - SAVE THE DATE) as a united community with a
>> plan with broad support.
>> Thank you for your patience as I navigate this process. Please keep your
>> eyes open for the REVISED plan and petition.
>> Very sincerely,
>> Jen Wolosin
>> P.S. And as always, I'm here. jenelias_at_(domainremoved)
>> Shared with Vintage Oaks + 4 nearby neighborhoods in General
>> <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/general/>
>> On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:18 PM, Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
>> wrote:
>>> Dear Menlo Park City Council Members and Others,
>>> Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment at last week's City
>>> Council meeting about Safe Routes to School. To reiterate, my short term
>>> goal is demonstrate that there exists enough political will in our
>>> community to warrant immediate discussion and further study on a legitimate
>>> Safe Route from Upper Laurel to the San Mateo County line (on the way to
>>> Lower Laurel), and surrounding area schools. My long term goal is to see
>>> Safe Route measures implemented as soon as possible to ensure the safety of
>>> all children in our area.
>>> I have a handful of updates since I commented last week:
>>> - Bike tour of suggested route. I have set up a bike tour for this *Friday,
>>> July 29th at 11:30am* for interested parties to ride along the
>>> proposed route. We will meet at the new Upper Laurel campus at 275 Elliott
>>> Drive. Bring a bike! At a minimum, Theresa Vallez-Kelly, San Mateo
>>> County Office of Education Safe Routes Coordinator, Jessica Garner, Sr.
>>> Community Health Planner, San Mateo County Health System, Ellen
>>> Barton, Active Transportation Coordinator, Witney McKiernan, Menlo Park
>>> Bicycle Commission Member and Remona Murray, Menlo Oaks Neighborhood
>>> Activist, are going to join me. I've also extended invitations to
>>> others in the Transportation Commission, Bicycle Commission, Laurel/MPCSD
>>> offices, MP Transportation Staff, San Mateo County Supervisors, Staff and
>>> others. I hope to see you there!
>>> - Plan Update - I have updated and renamed the proposal I previously
>>> submitted on July 15th to City Council. The new proposal is called the Laurel
>>> Connector Bike Plan
>>> <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5BGvPHdC67QNXZScW9nSmdWU1k/view>.
>>> Some changes from the previous plan (Laurel Mom Plan - July 15th) to the
>>> new plan (Laurel Connector Bike Plan - July 21st) include:
>>> - Expansion of "No Stopping" during drop-off and pick-up on
>>> certain blocks (Santa Monica to Coleman, and Gilbert from Willow east to
>>> Santa Monica) to be on both sides of street to accommodate not only Upper
>>> Laurel students, but M-A students and others.
>>> - Extension of the morning "No Stopping" zones during drop-off
>>> hours to be 8am to 10am (later than Staff rec of 8:00-9:00) to include
>>> M-A's Thursday's late start (9:40am). I've included a new appendix (3) that
>>> shows all start and end times of the local public schools.
>>> - Greater thought on the block of Gilbert from Menalto to east of
>>> Central. I've left this block open for discussion pending an analysis of
>>> the impact to businesses. I've also provided an alternative route that
>>> bypasses Menalto/Gilbert storefronts.
>>> - Gilbert and Willow intersection. I've added the need for
>>> buttons in both directions on Gilbert that bikers can use to cause the
>>> light to change.
>>> - Expansion of the scope of the proposal to include improvements
>>> for Willow Oaks school students (complete sidewalks on O'Connor that span
>>> east of Elliott, "No Stopping" during drop off and pick up on Walnut, stop
>>> signs on Central in both directions at Walnut).
>>> - Additional considerations including "No U Turn" sign on Elliott
>>> and stop signs and/or crossing guards on O'Connor at Elliott.
>>> - Better maps
>>> - An online petition
>>> <https://www.change.org/p/menlo-park-city-council-provide-a-safe-biking-route-between-upper-and-lower-laurel-and-to-surrounding-schools>
>>> was launched to gauge community support on Saturday night, July 23rd and as
>>> of 5:05pm on Monday, July 25th it has already received 70 signatures. The
>>> online petition can be found here:
>>> https://www.change.org/p/menlo-park-city-council-provide-a-safe-biking-route-between-upper-and-lower-laurel-and-to-surrounding-schools
>>> - A door-to-door canvassing campaign, targeting residents along the
>>> proposed route, is being organized and will attempt to be completed prior
>>> to the August 30th City Council meeting. The paper petition can be viewed
>>> here (includes summary of requests):
>>> https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B5BGvPHdC67QZVdvamJCVVBOTzQ
>>> - I have begun to engage with some who are concerned about aspects
>>> of the Plan, including those worried about the 24/7 "No Parking" along
>>> Gilbert. Below is part of an email thread that I posted on NextDoor. I'm
>>> including this so you can get a feel for some of the challenges and how I'm
>>> addressing them. One new thought since I posted below about Footsteps
>>> Preschool (there is concern that preschool parents that park on Gilbert by
>>> the shortcut entrance to the park will lose their parking and be forced to
>>> cross Gilbert with their preschoolers) would be to add a lighted crosswalk
>>> across Gilbert. While I have compassion for preschool parents needing to
>>> walk across the street, those kids will at least have a grown-up with them
>>> to help with visibility...many 8 to 10 year old kids on bikes heading Upper
>>> Laurel will be on their own.
>>> Thank you for your ongoing attention to this matter.
>>> Very sincerely,
>>> Jen Wolosin (Laurel Mom)
>>> 2 Alder Place
>>> 415-710-5838
>>> jenelias_at_(domainremoved)
>>> ------------------------------
>>> NextDoor response from approximately 2:30pm on Monday, July 25th:
>>> Jennifer Wolosin <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/profile/559794> from Vintage
>>> Oaks · 2h ago
>>> Dear Neighbors,
>>> We are up to 66 supporters on the online petition regarding the Laurel
>>> Connector Bike Route. Thank you to those of you who have signed the petition
>>> (https://www.change.org/p/menlo-park-city...
>>> <https://www.change.org/p/menlo-park-city-council-provide-a-safe-biking-route-between-upper-and-lower-laurel-and-to-surrounding-schools>
>>> ).
>>> In the coming weeks, I will be door-to-door canvasing, along with other
>>> volunteers who support the plan, to all of the homes and apartments along
>>> the route. I hope that all residents that live along Gilbert and the other
>>> streets impacted, will be open to a respectful conversation about this.
>>> I understand that this petition has brought up concerns among neighbors
>>> as to the impact to those who park on Gilbert, (homeowners and their
>>> visitors, shop-owners and store customers, Mardini customers, visitors to
>>> the Willow Oaks Park and preschool families that attend Footsteps in the
>>> park to name a few). "No Parking" 24/7 on Gilbert is a big ask, and I
>>> understand the concerns. If someone was imposing "No Parking" in front of
>>> my home, I too, would be apprehensive.
>>> Upper Laurel will be s 3rd grade to 5th grade school. The kids attending
>>> will be approximately 8-10 years old. I do not feel that it is safe asking
>>> these young kids, many of who will be bike new riders, to "share" the road
>>> with cars.
>>> I looked into making "No Parking" only on one side of the street for the
>>> stretch of Gilbert in question (between Menalto and Willow), but after
>>> checking with the Menlo Park Transportation Department, I have learned that
>>> it is not possible. The road is not wide enough (I can give you exact
>>> details if you want). As for other routes that avoid Gilbert, they would
>>> require kids on the west side of Willow to use Coleman Avenue to cross
>>> Willow. Coleman should be avoided at all costs - it is extremely dangerous.
>>> Even starting east of Willow, alternative routes (i.e., via Elm), would
>>> need to travel through the German-American International School (GAIS)
>>> parking lot. This brings up both liability issues and bikers would be
>>> passing through just as GAIS students are being dropped off and picked up
>>> themselves.
>>> As I have mentioned to some of you, the Laurel Connector Bike Plan (
>>> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5BGvPH...
>>> <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5BGvPHdC67QNXZScW9nSmdWU1k/view>) is
>>> what I'm proposing. The purpose of my proposal is to get the attention of
>>> the City Council so they can direct the Menlo Park Transportation
>>> Department to do their own study of the area. While I like to think that my
>>> plan is well researched and thought-out, there is no way the City is going
>>> to just adopt it as-is. They are going to do their own due diligence to
>>> check this out and they will ultimately either use some of the ideas or
>>> not. My petition is to show that there is enough political will for further
>>> study and for City resources to be allocated to this issue.
>>> I encourage those of you who care about this issue (and I'm guessing if
>>> you've read this far you do care), not matter how you feel about it, to let
>>> me know. Please be as specific as possible as to which aspects of the plan
>>> you are in favor of and which you oppose. I will bring all of that to the
>>> City. For those of you who oppose 24/7 "No Parking" on Gilbert, would it
>>> make a difference if instead of buffered bike lanes it was only "No
>>> Stopping" during drop-off and pick-up times (8am to 10am, 2pm-3:30pm)? This
>>> would at least eliminate the need for kids to ride into the street to avoid
>>> parked cars on their way to school. In a perfect world we will find a
>>> solution that will work for most of us. If you do contact me, please keep
>>> in mind that this is not personal, and remember to be respectful.
>>> I do care about preschoolers and dog walkers and baseball players
>>> getting to the park, and Mardini's customers getting to lunch ("No
>>> Stopping" during drop-off and pick-up will help that) and folks being able
>>> to have friends visit without terrible hardships and businesses at the
>>> Menalto end of Gilbert being able to serve their customers (I hope you all
>>> read page 4 of the Laurel Connector Bike Plan (
>>> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5BGvPH...
>>> <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5BGvPHdC67QNXZScW9nSmdWU1k/view>)
>>> that discusses the businesses and has an alternative section of route that
>>> bypasses this stretch). I care about all this AND I still believe it's most
>>> important that we provide a Safe Route to School for our kids.
>>> Thank you for reading,
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Jen Wolosin
Received on Fri Jul 29 2016 - 08:31:07 PDT

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