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Re: Traffic in The Willows...

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:46:40 +0000

Hi Eduardo,

Thank you for your email. Let's talk further about your ideas. I look
forward to meeting with you soon.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith,
Mayor of Menlo Park
On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 7:46 PM EDUARDO PELEGRI-LLOPART <
epelegrillopart_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear City Council
>
>
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> We have been residents of The Willows since 1998. We love many things
> in The Willows but traffic is a problem that is getting worse. We need
> your help to address this problem.
>
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> I believe we have three levels of problems, all inter-related. There is a
> general Bay Area metropolitan problem, there is a local area around Redwood
> City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, and there are issues
> related to The Willows itself.
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> At the top level, we have public transportation systems that do not work
> well together and do not provide a compelling solution to the needs of
> commuters. When these issues are addressed, like with the WiFi-enabled
> company buses from Google, Facebook and others, we see significant
> ridership - having a good public transportation system is not just less
> stressful but you can easily get work done (or decompress) during the trip.
> When the solutions fail, people jump into their cars. I’d encourage
> whatever you can do to increase the collaboration among all the entities
> responsible for traffic in the area. I’d also encourage you to consider the
> changing transportation landscape, from autonomous cars and people movers,
> to cheap yet capable electric bicycles.
>
>
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> At the second level, a large part of the traffic we get in The Willows is
> an immediate consequence of congestion on Willow Road and University
> Avenue, in the connections of those with 101, Bayshore Expressway and
> Dumbarton Bridge. We need your help, together with Palo Alto and East
> Palo, and Caltrans, etc, to smooth out these roads and connectors.
>
>
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> The third level, The Willows, is one we can address within the city of
> Menlo Park. There are two main issues: volume and speed. Mapping software
> like Waze, et al, are leading drivers through the residential streets
> in The Willows to bypass the congested Willow Road and University Avenue.
> Commuters are driving through our streets, while looking at the latest
> congestion data in their smartphones, rushing to get ahead of the
> congestion. Stop signs are being ignored, as are speed limits. This
> creates safety issues as well as impacts the quality of our neighborhood.
>
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> We need your help to work together to address these local issues. You can
> help try out changes in traffic flow; updates to the solutions discussed in
> the traffic analysis considered in the past. The community can help in
> many ways, starting by trading some convenience for safety, but also by
> crowd-sourcing traffic data and solutions like community pace cars, while
> you provide some coordination, technical assist and in some cases some
> funding.
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> I believe we need to attack the traffic problem at these three levels, at
> the same time. Some solutions will start yielding results today, others
> will take years to happen. Together we can improve The Willows.
>
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> Thanks for your attention,
>
> - Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart
>
>
>
Received on Mon Feb 27 2017 - 07:49:27 PST

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