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Re: Safe Routes to School funding for Laurel Upper Campus

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:59:00 -0700

Dear Mr. Mazzon,

Thank you for your email. I live in the Willows and have experienced first
hand what you are writing about when riding to school with my own children.
I appreciate your email and want to work forward towards a safe solution in
this area. Thursday night at the Laurel meeting will also be a good time to
discuss this intersection as we move forward with a Safe Routes to School
plan for this area.

There will be a City Council goal setting meeting early 2015. This is the
time that we as a council may look at the CIP and adjust project timelines.
This will be a good time to get the Laurel Upper Campus Safe Routes to
School into the CIP.

There may be additional opportunities for the City to work with the county
Safe Routes to School Coordinator, hired by the City and County
Association of Governments (C/CAG), to do some of the technical work. I
have asked Ms. Nagaya to research this idea. Thank you, Ms. Nagaya.

We definitely want to make the area safe for kids, and all of us, to bike
ride and walk. Thank you for your input.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, *MASSIMO MAZZON* <mazzon_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Sirs,
> Please include my input to the discussion of how to address the issue on
> 'Safe Routes to School" in the laurel Upper campus.
> Just like many other residents in the willows area I express concerns
> about the safety of pedestrians, mostly children, in our area, specifically
> on the Elm and Central Ave intersection. Both my wife and I are eye
> witnesses of nearly missed pedestrians/car accidents on this intersection.
> We strongly believe that this is due to the fact that there is a long
> stretch, approx 4 blocks of no traffic control such as stop signs, bumps,
> or any street signals to indicate that this is a location of walk
> crossing. Elm street is a direct shot to the East Palo Alto school from
> the shopping location on Menalto, the preferred and only food stop for
> kids' breakfast and lunch items. Elm is also CURRENTLY frequented by bike
> traffic to and across the park in the direction of Laurel and Encinal. With
> the opening of the Upper Campus one can only conclude that the pedestrian
> and bike traffic on that intersection would increase. The lack of stops
> makes Central a mini-highway in the neighborhood and we hope that this
> issue will be addressed by the Council.
> I am aware of the logical procedures to make this happen and the amount of
> funds required and, frankly, it's actually rather insulting and immoral.
> This is not an attempt to calm traffic in the willows area and spending
> huge amount of dollars on study after study, rather a precise, surgical
> treatment to make a safe route to school, It's about safety and I hope you
> value this feedback from people who are living through it.
> Thank you.
> --
> Central Avenue resident
> Menlo Park.
Received on Wed Oct 29 2014 - 15:54:04 PDT

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