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PLEASE Prioritize Safe Routes to School

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:50:01 -0800

Dear City Council Members,

Thank you for all of the thoughtful work you do on behalf of our city. Your
public service is greatly appreciated.

On Tuesday night you will be discussing the priorities to be included in
the 2018 Council Work Plan in anticipation of your goal setting meeting to
be held on January 29th. One year ago you included the Willows Neighborhood
Complete Streets Study (which includes the Laurel Safe Routes to School
Study) and the initiation of a Citywide Safe Routes to School Program in
your 2017 goals. Parents for Safe Routes strongly encourages you to
maintain these two priorities at the top of your list. Given the continued
challenges that kids face daily trying to get to school safely, it is
critical that these projects move forward in a timely manner.

In addition to the continued focus on the above-mentioned priorities, we
would also like to see the City prioritize the Middlefield Road and
Linfield Drive Crosswalk Improvements. This past summer, the Menlo Park
Fire District generously offered to fund 50% of a much-needed safety
improvement at this crossing location. Rather than pushing for the project
at that time and likely upending other approved projects, Parents for Safe
Routes honored the City's prioritization process and decided to wait until
the appropriate time to lobby for this improvement. That time is now.
Please do not forget the over 70 people who signed a petition to the Fire
Board back in June, the 10 who wrote personal letters to the Fire Chief and
the handful who spoke up at the Fire Board meeting. The Almanac article
about this project is here https://www.almanacnews.com/
the presentation we made, including many public comments, to the Fire Board
can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQP_q_YrkC8&t=1075s
I'm happy to provide additional information on this topic if desired.

We would also encourage you to leave room in your Work Plan for smaller
infrastructure improvements. Whether it's a simple crosswalk or patch of
missing sidewalk, it is critical that enough staff capacity exists to
address relative "low hanging fruit" issues. Perhaps "Increasing Staff
Capacity" should be one of your priorities. It's the little things that can
often have the greatest impact on our quality of life.

In general, as you move forward with your prioritization process, please
ask yourselves, what can we do to make life safer and better for those most
vulnerable in our community? While many items are "nice to have", given our
unprecedented traffic safety issues, please give top priority to kids, that
simply want to get to school safely.

Thank you for your consideration.

Diane McGrath

*Diane McGrath*
(917) 597-7776  I  diane.mcgrath_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Sun Jan 21 2018 - 15:54:03 PST

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