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City Council 2017 work plan preparation

From: domainremoved <Ahmad>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:24:09 -0800

Dear Mayor Keith and Menlo Park City Council Members,

I am writing this e-mail as a resident of Menlo Park and not on behalf of
the School District.

First all, I like to wish you all a happy new year! The City has
accomplished much in the past year and it looks like there are many great
projects planned for the coming year.

As the City embarks on many projects and the local economy continues to
grow including many new housing and office projects in and around Menlo
Park, it is imperative the City continue to focus on transit solutions to
move people and goods through the City. Currently, there are many choke
points in the City and it will only get worse with the planned growth. As
a resident of the Willows, I often feel trapped in my home in the
afternoons with local traffic congestion.

As you prioritize and set goals for the coming year, I would highly
recommend increased funding for infrastructure improvements the improve
walking, biking, and safer automobile traffic. In addition to the
prioritize identified in the staff report I would suggest the following
prioritize for your consideration:

1) Safe Routes to School Study for the Willows Area - there are 4 schools
in 4 -5 mile radius of the Willows area. Improvement to walking and biking
in this area will reduce traffic and improve safety for our children
2) Develop a Sidewalk Master Plan - It often feels are sidewalk improvement
are inconsistent and based local demands. I suggest developing a sidewalk
master to improve pedestrian safety and increasing walking throughout the
City. The City of Berkeley developed such a plan in the 1990's that
repaired, replaced and installed sidewalks through the entire City in about
a 10 year period.
3) Develop Plans and for a Bike/Pedestrian Bridge to cross El Camino at
Middle Rd - El Camino is a major barrier for increased biking and walking
building a bike bridge would reduce traffic by encouraging walking and
biking
4) Design and Fund the Ravenswood/Caltrain grade separation project as soon
as possible - Menlo Park is the only City in the area without a grade
separation at a major intersection and Caltrain stop

I wish you the best of luck and thank you for your service. Let me know if
I can help in any manner.

Warm Regards,

Ahmad Sheikholeslami
137 Oak Ct.
Menlo Park CA
Received on Mon Jan 23 2017 - 20:27:27 PST

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