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Please do not block right-hand turns onto to Alma from Ravenswood

From: domainremoved <Bonny>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:17:22 -0700

Dear Menlo Park City Council members,

My family and I live at the corner of Alma and Burgess Drive, on the corner
of Burgess Park. *I would like the council to reconsider blocking right
hand turns from Ravenswood to Alma.* It creates dangerous and unnecessary
traffic around the park. First, I've been seeing cars turn right on Alma
regardless of the barrier - sneaking into the other lane (which is now
empty, so its very temping). Second, cars that are headed for the library
or Arrrillaga gym now have to drive around Burgess Park, where cars are
constantly parking and backing out. I almost hit a car there yesterday as
it backed out.

I am aware of the safety issues around the train tracks, as I've been
caught on the tracks before also. But wonder why we don't consider a
crosswalk across Ravenswood NEXT TO THE TRAIN TRACKS? Therefore cars would
have to stop before the train tracks, instead of driving over them and then
having to stop. Secondly, why not a traffic light that would stop the cars
before entering the train tracks? Thirdly, why not a pedestrian overpass
or such that would insure safe passage and allow Ravenswood, our only
outlet to 101 South, to flow fast and freely?

I applaud the effort to curb left-hand turns from Alma to Ravenswood (which
had formerly been blocked only during busy traffic hours) - and support the
median in the middle of Ravenswood.

Although some in Linfield Oaks may have pushed for this barrier in hopes of
eliminating traffic on Alma, I believe it will put pressure to eventually
open up Willow as a crossing to El Camino, because this new barrier makes
it so difficult to get through this area.

Thanks for listening. Best, Bonny Brown (461 Burgess Dr., #12, Menlo Park)
Received on Sun Jun 07 2015 - 08:13:50 PDT

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