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Re: Willows Traffic

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:33:54 +0000


Thank you for your email. I live in the Willows, too, and know exactly what
you are talking about. This issue will be on our next City Council agenda
Tuesday, February 28th, so that we may discuss how to address the serious
problems faced by neighbors in the Willows neighborhood.

I am happy to meet with you and other residents at Cafe Zoe at 11:00 am,
Sunday, February 26 to discuss these, or any other, concerns.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith,
Willows neighbor and
Mayor of Menlo Park

On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 8:27 AM K Amar Murugan <amarmurugan_at_(domainremoved)

> 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.
> Regards,
> Caroline and Amar Murugan
> 130 Baywood Ave.
> Menlo Park
Received on Thu Feb 23 2017 - 09:37:00 PST

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