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Safe Routes to School--please make this a priority

From: Lydia W. Lee <"Lydia>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:30:26 -0800

Dear Councilmembers,

I'd love to speak during the public comment period at the council meeting
tonight, but in case I can't make it, here are my thoughts.

I volunteer my time on the city's Bicycle Commission and am also the
vice-chair of a new advocacy group, Parents for Safe Routes. In more than
10 years of interacting with other parents in Menlo Park, I know that
families are enormously interested in having their kids bike and walk to
school. Some of them go to extraordinary efforts to do so, going on
convoluted, extra-long routes.

Parents of young children are also, as I'm sure you know, some of the
busiest people in our community. Many simply don't have the bandwidth or
time to agitate for change; they're just doing the best they can to get
through the day. It's overwhelming to think about Safe Routes to School
from an individual perspective.

However, we've seen from neighboring communities like Palo Alto what can
happen when there's dedicated funding and city staff for Safe Routes to
School. Bike routes get built when it's someone's job. There are existing
models of how to implement Safe Routes that Menlo Park can benefit from.
It's important to note that everyone in our community would benefit from
better bike/ped routes, directly or indirectly (city staff can make a
convincing case for this!)

As our elected officials, you understandably want to know you have a
mandate from the community before taking action. I joined Jen Wolosin to
start Parents for Safe Routes in the hopes that we could help this
important constituency have a voice. In just two days, more than 100 people
have signed a letter asking you to make Safe Routes for School a priority
for City Council. I hope you'll recognize our collective voice and honor
our optimism for the future.

Thank you for your consideration,

Lydia Lee
Received on Tue Jan 24 2017 - 14:33:42 PST

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