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Re: REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan (Updated 7/27/16) and New Survey Launched

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 14:56:14 -0700

FYI - My posting below to Community (via NextDoor and the Almanac) after
the Bicycle Commission Meeting last night. Please study Safe Routes for
Laurel ASAP.

Thank you.

Jen Wolosin

Laurel Safe Bike Route - Update from Bicycle Commission Meeting Last Night
(8/8) <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=30319202>
Jennifer Wolosin <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/profile/559794> from Vintage
Oaks · 8m ago

Dear Neighbors,

As I previously mentioned, I've been traveling with family on the East
Coast so I haven't been able to respond to each of your comments in a
timely manner. That being said, I was able to attend the MP Bicycle
Commission Meeting last night (8/8) via Skype and I wanted to give you all
an update.

Last night the MP Bicycle Commission passed a motion to recommend to the
City Council to direct MP Transportation Staff to dedicate resources to
study Safe Routes for Laurel. I don't have the exact wording, but it
essentially was telling our elected officials to prioritize creating safe
biking for our kids with regards to Laurel (if any of you were there and
have a better summary of the motion, please post). Nikki Nagaya,
Tranportation Manager for MP, indicated that even if this issue becomes a
priority for our City, due to limited resources available, that it will
likely take up to 18 months for a study to be completed and recommendations
to begin to be implemented.

I am extremely pleased that the City (at least the Bicycle Commission, the
City Council is up next on August 23rd) understands the importance of
creating Safe Routes. As you may have noticed, the REVISED Laurel Connector
Bike Plan is not included in the motion that was passed. As I've been
saying all along, my intention was to start a conversation about Safe
Routes. I put something out there and many in the community were able to
share their thoughts on it. All that being said and done, it was never
going to be up to one Laurel Mom, or voices on NextDoor, to determine
exactly what transportation measures were or were not going to be adopted.
There are processes in place (City directs resources, Transportation
Department conducts study, gets public opinion, makes recommendations, City
Council votes, etc.) and I'm just thrilled that the process will hopefully
begin soon. Getting the neighbors talking about these issues and placing it
on the radar of city officials is a win. Assuming the City Council agrees
with the Bicycle Commission and agrees to direct City Staff to study this
issue, it will be time for the professionals, the real transportation
engineers (not me) to look at data, figure things out.

While I'm hopeful that the City Council will agree with the Bicycle
Commission, this is not a slam dunk. Whether you agree with the specifics
of the REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan or not, please let the City
Council know that this issues demands attention and immediate study. There
are many competing priorities in Menlo Park, please put our children at the
top of the list. I'm concerned that if the best case is an 18 month
process, then we are already behind the ball (Upper Laurel opens October
17th).

What can you do?
1. Attend the City Council meeting on August 23rd and let our city council
members know that you agree with the Bicycle Commission that Safe Routes to
Laurel must be a priority and a study must begin immediately.
2. Send an email to City Council at city.council_at_(domainremoved)
know the same.
3. Spread the word.

As for the REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan (
http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan...
<http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan>), feel free to continue to check
it out and provide feedback via Survey Monkey (
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBik...
<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBikePlan>). I plan to share ALL the
data (positive and negative) I'm collecting with the Transportation
Department and I think it can greatly help in giving them a head-start on
understanding concerns/challenges with various solutions. Even though I
clearly hit a nerve with many neighbors, I still believe this exercise has
been worthwhile in drawing attention to this important issue and getting
the attention of the City. I'm not sure if I will be actually canvasing
door-to-door anymore to collect feedback...given that I'm out of town and
that there's only 2 weeks before the City Council meeting, and given that
the REAL issue is getting the City to prioritize this issue, continuing to
focus on one plan seems a bit extraneous.

Thank you all for your attention to this issue to date and for your many
constructive comments and thoughtful feedback. I look forward to seeing
many of you on the 23rd at City Council.

Sincerely,
Jen Wolosin

On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 2:17 PM, Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Hi again,
>
> I just learned via the Transportation Department that the City Council
> will discuss transportation around Upper Laurel at the now scheduled August
> 23rd meeting. Please see my posting from 2 minutes ago to NextDoor below.
>
> Thank you,
> Jen Wolosin
>
> City Council Meeting Moved Up To August 23rd! Laurel Connector Bike Plan -
> Don't Wait!!! <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=29975372>
> Jennifer Wolosin <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/profile/559794> from Vintage
> Oaks · Just now
>
> Dear Neighbors,
>
> I just got word from the Transportation Department at City Hall that the
> transportation issues surrounding the REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan
> will be discussed at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd at
> 7pm (not on August 30th as I originally thought). After looking at the City
> Council meeting schedule again, this date was marked as an "if needed"
> meeting.
>
> The "Good" News: Thanks to the feedback you have given to the City this
> issue is being considered sooner than later.
> The "Bad" News: We have one less week to gather our feedback and prepare
> for City Council.
>
> Please DO NOT WAIT to take action on this issue. I hope the REVISED Laurel
> Connector Bike Plan is resonating with you and that the answers I have
> provided via NextDoor and personally have helped to ease any concerns you
> have.
>
> Please DO NOT WAIT for someone else to care about bike safety and traffic
> in our area. If you have kids, may one day have kids, or support kids
> biking, please act. Even if bike safety isn't your thing, please think
> about the impact of more cars and traffic in our neighborhood. Upper Laurel
> is coming...inaction is action in itself.
>
> To do's before August 23rd:
> 1. Review the REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan:http://tinyurl.com/
> REVISEDLaurelBikePlan... <http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan>
> 2. Provide feedback, positive or negative, via a survey I've put together:
> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBik...
> <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBikePlan>
> 3. Alternatively, email City Council directly to let them know what you
> think:city.council_at_(domainremoved)
> 4. Share this information with your neighbors, especially with those who
> are not on NextDoor and with those who live on the route.
> 5. Get involved. I've mailed letters to approximately 354 residences along
> the route. I can not physically visit each home/apartment. Volunteer to
> help. You don't have to agree with any one aspect of the plan, you just
> have to agree that the City Council take action immediately. I am putting
> together all the paperwork needed to go door-to-door. I just need people to
> help execute the canvassing. The weekends of August 13th and August 20th
> will be critical for this effort. Ideally, I could use 30 or 40 people.
> 6. Mark you calendars and attend the City Council meeting on August 23rd.
> Be there to tell the City what you think of transportation in our area with
> regards to the new school opening. Your opinion counts as much as mine
> does!
>
> Laurel Parents Specifically: PLEASE DON'T WAIT!
>
> I know it's summer and a lot is going on. Please don't let this
> opportunity pass by.
>
> Thanks again for your consideration!
> Jen
>
> Link to REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan (Updated 7/27/16):
> http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan...
> <http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan>
> Link to survey to share feedback: https://www.
> surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBik...
> <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBikePlan>
>
> On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 12:14 PM, Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
> wrote:
>
>> Dear City Council Members and Others,
>>
>> I have just sent out to the community the REVISED Laurel Connector Bike
>> Plan (Updated 7/27/16). I have also launched a new survey (in the place of
>> the original petition) to capture community feedback (both for and against)
>> this plan.
>>
>> Link to REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan (Updated 7/27/16):
>> http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan
>>
>> Link to survey to share feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/
>> r/LaurelBikePlan
>>
>> In addition, today I am mailing letters to 341 residences along the
>> affected route and with help from volunteers, I plan to canvas these
>> residences in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing many of you, when
>> I present the data, at the August 30th City Council meeting.
>>
>> Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the bike ride on
>> Friday. I greatly appreciate your ongoing time and attention to this matter.
>>
>> Very sincerely,
>> Jen Wolosin
>>
>> P.S. Below is the email I just posted to NextDoor:
>>
>> REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan - Please provide feedback via survey!
>> <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=29905459>
>> Jennifer Wolosin <https://vintageoaks.nextdoor.com/profile/559794> from Vintage
>> Oaks · Just now
>>
>> Dear Neighbors,
>>
>> As promised, the REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan (Updated 7/27/16) has
>> been developed. This new plan includes almost all of the feedback I
>> received from you. I’m proud to have received support for this plan from
>> many residents and from the businesses at Menalto and Gilbert (e.g., Cafe
>> Zoe) and from Mardini’s Deli at Willow and Gilbert.
>>
>> Click on this link to review the REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan
>> (Updated 7/27/16): http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan...
>> <http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan>
>>
>> On Friday, I had the opportunity to lead a bike ride through the proposed
>> route with key stakeholders in our community. While many were invited on
>> the ride, those in attendance included:
>> - Justin Murphy, Menlo Park Public Works Director
>> - Ahmad Sheikholeslami, Menlo Park City School District, Chief Business
>> Officer
>> - Linda Creighton, Laurel School Principal
>> - Witney McKiernon, Menlo Park Bicycle Commissioner
>> - Theresa Vallez-Kelly, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for San Mateo
>> County
>> - Jessica Garner, Sr. Community Health Planner, San Mateo County Health
>> System
>> - Remona Murray, Menlo Oaks Resident and Community Safety Advocate
>>
>> In addition, Menlo Park City Council Member, Cat Carlton, came out to
>> hear about the plan (she was unable to ride because of a hurt foot).
>>
>> Because of the bike ride and the feedback I have received about the
>> REVISED plan, I’m more excited than ever about making a positive change in
>> our community and I’m confident that together, we can make Safe Routes a
>> reality, while balancing the needs of residents and businesses. We can do
>> this.
>>
>> The old petition that I launched on NextDoor on July 23rd has been
>> suspended. In it’s place, I’ve created a survey that allows for all kinds
>> of feedback, both support for the plan and concerns about it. The survey is
>> open to everyone in the community, whether you live along the proposed
>> route or not. There is logic embedded in the survey that, depending on
>> where you live, will ask you different questions. Assuming you have read
>> and understand the REVISED plan, the survey should only take 3-5 minutes to
>> complete.
>>
>> Click on this link to provide feedback about the REVISED plan:
>> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBik...
>> <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBikePlan>
>>
>> Please do everything you can to share this link with neighbors who may
>> not be on NextDoor. My plan is to bring the data from the survey to the
>> August 30th City Council Meeting (Save the Date!), and the information
>> collected in the survey will be critical in letting the City Council know
>> the wants/needs of the community.
>>
>> Because those that live along the route will be the most affected by any
>> transportation changes, today I am personally mailing out 341 letters to
>> every resident along the proposed route. The mailing includes a letter of
>> introduction, a copy of the plan (highlighted to reflect the changes that
>> directly impact the resident on their specific stretch of road) and an
>> invitation to take the online survey. The City Council will be looking most
>> at the opinions of those along the route, so it is of utmost importance to
>> collect their thoughts. If you live along the route, please keep your eyes
>> open for this letter.
>>
>> I need your help. Along with a group of volunteers dedicated to providing
>> kids a Safe Route, over the next 4 weeks, I will be going door-to-door,
>> visiting every residence along the route (yes, that’s 341). I will not be
>> able to do this alone. If you have an hour or two to help, please send me
>> an email at jenelias_at_(domainremoved)
>> from those of you who live along the route and who can visit direct
>> neighbors. That being said, I’ll take anyone who wants to help.
>>
>> Please note that I am not a city official, staff member or part of a
>> special interest group. I’m a neighbor and mom of two young children who
>> attend Laurel, our wonderful public school. I’m using my own time and money
>> to try to make a positive change in our neighborhood. The safety of our
>> community’s children is worth the effort. I hope you will join us in
>> supporting this important improvement to our community.
>>
>> Thank you again for your consideration.
>>
>> Very sincerely,
>> Jen Wolosin
>>
>> P.S. Link to REVISED Laurel Connector Bike Plan (Updated 7/27/16):
>> http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan...
>> <http://tinyurl.com/REVISEDLaurelBikePlan>
>> P.P.S. Link to survey to share feedback: https://www.
>> surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBik...
>> <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaurelBikePlan>
>>
>> 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
>>>> <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
>>>> <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
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>
>
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