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Re: Oak Grove Bike Route Pilot

From: domainremoved <Cat>
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:20:26 -0700

Erik,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write to us with your concerns about safe routes to school. As a parent of young children who bike in the area, I understand the safety concerns that you mention. Just as we worked to ensure that the sidewalk/ bike lane project was done to improve safe routes on Santa Cruz, we are working to make sure that this project is successful. I’m frustrated that we can’t get all of the safe routes to school implemented more quickly, but I understand that we have to do these things correctly and the process takes time.

I confirmed yesterday that the progress on the car/ bike counts needed for the bike lane implementation will go on as scheduled, but the RFP will be delayed a couple of weeks. The implementation will have a higher chance of success and less chance of significant delays when we ensure that the trial is designed properly. It further helps on many levels to have the appropriate outreach and understanding of the impacted groups, which has not been the case.

To this end, I am personally working with the impacted groups and staff to make sure that this in done in as timely a manner as possible. I met with Monsignor, the school principle and the parent representative from Nativity yesterday morning, spoke to a representative of the people who live in the apartments, and attended a meeting with City staff, the Chamber of Commerce and members of the downtown business community yesterday afternoon.

I also spoke with Ray Meuller about possible solutions, and was inspired to find that a form of his original idea and a possible solution that has arisen from the meetings that I had are in line. I won’t provide the details to you here, for Brown Act reasons, but am happy to speak with you by phone at your convenience. My mobile number is 650-575-4523.

I am also delighted to hear that you may be meeting with Ray and some bike commissioners in the near future. Good communications is the key to enhancing this and every project that we may do together.

Again, thank you so much for reaching out to us. Please feel free to call me any time you have any thoughts or issues that you would like to discuss.

All the best,

Catherine



> On Apr 7, 2017, at 8:25 AM, Erik Burmeister <eburmeister_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Any time, Ray. LMK when you want to make that happen. I'm CCing Lanita, Maurice's assistant and soon to be mine.
>
> Regards,
> Erik
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> On Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 7:50 AM, Mueller, Raymond <RDMueller_at_(domainremoved)
> Dear Mr. Burmeister and Ms. Wolosin:
>
> Thank you for your emails. I have good news. My conflict on this matter has resolved. Ms. Wolosin, Mr. Kirsch, Ms. Welton, and Ms. Walser, I would appreciate the opportunity to sit down and meet with you jointly at your earliest convenience to discuss this matter. Mr. Burmeister, I also would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your staff individually as a Councilmember to discuss Safe Routes to School issues generally throughout the City, that include other locations.
>
> With best regards,
> Ray Mueller
>
> ________________________________
> From: Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
> Sent: Thursday, April 6, 2017 3:42:25 PM
> To: Erik Burmeister
> Cc: _CCIN; Ahmad Sheikholeslami
> Subject: Re: Oak Grove Bike Route Pilot
>
> Wow! Thank you!!!
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> On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 3:39 PM, Erik Burmeister <eburmeister_at_(domainremoved)
> Dear Members of the City Council,
>
> As the incoming Superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, I am writing to express my sincere hope that the City Council will allow the Oak Grove Bike Route Pilot to move forward expediently.
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> The safety of our children is our number one priority. Parents agonize about the decision to allow their kids to ride a bike to school in our area due to the risk factors related to traffic, space, awareness, education, and safety. As traffic becomes more congested and development continues to increase, it's essential that we provide safe routes for our children to get to and from school on a bike.
>
> As the leader of an organization that models a design approach to solving most challenges, I urge you to embrace a mindset of prototyping, testing, and reiterating. As I understand the process, the community has had, and will continue to have during the piloting, ample opportunity for input.
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> I am not wedded to a solution; I do, however, prioritize child safety over all else. Please move forward with the Oak Grove Bike Route Pilot and allow the design process, with ongoing feedback and input from the community, to move forward.
>
> Sincerely,
> Erik Burmeister
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> Erik Burmeister
> Assistant Superintendent
> Menlo Park City School District
> 181 Encinal Avenue
> Atherton, CA 94027
> 650.321.7140 <tel:650.321.7140><tel:(650)%20321-7140>
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> Erik Burmeister
> Assistant Superintendent
> Menlo Park City School District
> 181 Encinal Avenue
> Atherton, CA 94027
> 650.321.7140
> Follow me on Twitter..._at_(domainremoved)
>
> DREAM IT. OWN IT. ROCK IT.
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Received on Fri Apr 07 2017 - 11:26:04 PDT

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