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Parents for Safe Routes - What We Want

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:42:28 -0800

Dear City Council Members,

Here are my comments for today's meeting:

The City of Menlo Park’s Mission Statement prioritizes "providing for the
safety of its residents, businesses and visitors.”

Menlo Park’s streets are not safe. Especially for our most vulnerable - our
kids.

We must institutionalize Safe Routes. Safe Routes must get embedded in
everything the City does and resources and funding must be allocated as
such. Please do not create a study group or a committee to sit on the side
and think about Safe Routes. This is about directing staff to prioritize
Safe Routes in their work load. This is about prioritizing infrastructure
improvements to areas where kids need to get to school.

I appreciate that several Safe Routes one-off projects are already in the
2017 work plan. A study of Laurel Upper, which Parents for Safe Routes
lobbied for, and Ravenswood, Middlefield, Ringwood, to name a few, are on
your list. But this about more than one off projects here and there. This
is about creating a framework so that Safe Routes considerations are
embedded in everything we do.

For example, the 2017 draft includes dog park and bathroom upgrades at
Willow Oaks Park. Willow Oaks Park is a major path that young kids and
teenagers use to get to Laurel and M-A, among other schools. We need some
process so that when a City project is launched, that someone is looking at
it and saying, “hmmm...what are the implications for Safe Routes?” In this
case, the paths in the park need to be reconfigured and coordination needs
to happen between the Ravenswood School District and the German American
School (now called Alto) because this area also affects them. We need to be
strategic...A Safe Routes perspective should be applied to all of these
types of projects in the City...and that means resources are needed.

Menlo Park is ready for real Safe Routes. You have a growing group of
constituents begging you to make our streets safer. Now that Parents for
Safe Routes has launched, every day more and more people email me their
stories about witnessed close calls and near misses. People from all over
are relieved to see that hope may be coming.

I know that you know the safety on our streets is an issue. Solving it is
possible. We are here to work with you and the Schools and other related
agencies to get this going. We can’t do it alone. We need you to do the
right thing and to make this happen. Please don’t pass up this opportunity.
The time is now.


Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Jen Wolosin
Parents for Safe Routes
jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
415-710-5838 <(415)%20710-5838>
Website: www.parents4saferoutes.org
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Received on Fri Jan 27 2017 - 12:45:41 PST

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