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Oak Grove Bile Pilot

From: domainremoved <Yee>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:38:57 -0700

Dear member of the City Council:

As a resident of Menlo Park, mother of three preschool-aged children,
cyclist, and member of Parents for Safe Routes, I am urging you to move
forward with the Oak Grove Bike Pilot immediately.

The "compromise" of delaying the project east of ECR is not a compromise at
all. It offers only a half-safe route. As a mother and a cyclist, I would
not accept this as a safe route of travel for my kids. I know many other
families who will not allow their middle school- and high school-aged
children to bike to Hillview/MA due to safety concerns. We are worsening
traffic and impeding independence for these kids and families due to the
City's lack of interest in making Safe Routes a priority.

Many families move to Menlo Park to raise their families. Kristen Gracia,
the Principal of Oak Knoll School, proudly stated that Oak Knoll has the
highest population of student cyclists in the district. Let's support these
schools in their efforts to promote cycling as a safe route to school.
Failure to do so may lead to unthinkable consequences. I do not imagine
there is anyone who would choose a convenient parking spot at the cost of
putting a child's life at risk. 33% of the households in MP have children
under age 18, and 24% of the population of MP is under age 18. Most of
these children commute to school 5 days/week and live within 1-2 miles of
their schools. Let's provide these families with safe routes to school,
which will benefit the whole community by reducing traffic, reducing
pollution, improving health, improving road safety by bringing more
awareness to cyclists, and creating a more unified feel to our city, rather
than one divided by ECR.

Please prioritize the safety of families and children and move forward with
the Oak Grove Bike Pilot. This is vital if we want Menlo Park to continue
to be a community that values families.

Best regards,

Yee-Yie Fogarty
Received on Tue Apr 18 2017 - 07:44:14 PDT

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