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Willows Traffic

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Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:27:22 +0000

Dear Councilmembers,

We live on Baywood Avenue in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park. As you may know, our neighborhood is experiencing significantly increased traffic volumes as well as traffic speed. The lengthening back-ups at Willow and Middlefield, coupled with the traffic app Waze, have resulted in hundreds of commuters a day diverting from Middefield through Woodland, Baywood, Clover, Blackburn, Marmona and other streets in our neighborhood as they make their way to Willow. In addition, tens of cars a day ignore the Do Not Enter sign on Clover and drive the wrong way on Clover to Baywood so as to avoid the Willow back-up.

The speed at which these vehicles travel, with their drivers often looking at their phones or looking for which street to turn onto, poses a significant risk to the safety of our neighbors and our kids. The traffic issue is particularly acute between 7-9:30 am and 2-7pm, times at which our kids are biking to and from school or their activities or simply just playing in the neighborhood after school.

The Willows is a family neighborhood and many of our residents, including ourselves, have young children. Our kids are 2, 5 and 8. The cut through traffic is a serious safety issue and we have observed first-hand near tragedies from our vantage point at the intersection of Baywood and Clover. During much of the day, it is not safe for pedestrians to cross our neighborhood streets or for kids and residents to bike in our neighborhood.

We ask for your help in addressing this important issue in 2017 and look forward to working collaboratively with our neighbors and the City to find a solution.


Caroline and Amar Murugan

130 Baywood Ave.

Menlo Park
Received on Thu Feb 23 2017 - 08:30:18 PST

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