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RE: FW: Willow Road speed limit enforcement

From: domainremoved <Mark>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:49:14 +0000

Good evening Mayor Keith, City Council Members, Chief Jonsen –

First off, many thanks, Mayor Keith, for helping to move forward our neighborhood request for a “your speed is” trailer-mounted sign – it was there for 3 days - after previously unanswered requests. I have greatly appreciated your excellent communication follow up and your ability to make things happen!

We are requesting your help in longer-term solutions as we have seen no further follow-up actions in vehicle speed enforcement. I am told there are periodic police patrols but have not seen these despite my specifically looking for them.

Our neighborhood needs some structural, long-term traffic calming measures. How might we work together to implement solutions in our neighborhood similar to those shown in the attached photos that have been installed in other Menlo Park neighborhoods? The Willow Road speed limit is 25 mph; the actual speed of most vehicles travelling this portion of Willow Road is far greater; this neighborhood safety concern cannot continue to be ignored. The straight stretch between Middlefield and Gilbert is a constant speedway that continues to exist unchecked.

We appreciate your sensitivity to this important neighborhood issue and are ready to work together in any way possible to implement these traffic calming measures.

Thank you in advance for your help with this!

Mark McBirney
650 223-1339 cell
650 725-9238 office

From: Kirsten Keith [mailto:kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:50 AM
To: Mark McBirney; Robert Jonsen; city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Re: FW: Willow Road speed limit enforcement

Hi Mr. McBirney,

Thank you for your email. I am happy to discuss this with you and will call you later today.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith,

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 12:40 PM Mark McBirney <mcbirney_at_(domainremoved)
Dear Menlo Park City Council Members – please see the letter below that was sent nearly one year ago. Mr. Mueller was kind enough to respond at the time although the police chief never did. Sadly, there has been no noticeable change.

Willow Road from Coleman to Middlefield remains a residential street with a 25 MPH speed limit that appears to go largely unenforced. Where are the patrols? Why no “your speed is” reminder signs? Other enforcement? Willow Road on the west side of Middlefield has speed humps to ensure speed reduction. There has been no noticeable action taken. How can we work with you, our City Council, to effect a change? Residents on our street deserve the protection/speed limit enforcement as much as any others throughout Menlo Park.

Please, we are looking to you – the folks we helped to elect – to address this issue.

Thank you!
Mark McBirney
650 2231339

From: Mark McBirney
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 1:42 PM
To: 'policechief_at_(domainremoved)icechief_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: 'RDMueller_at_(domainremoved)ilto:RDMueller_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Willow Road speed limit enforcement

Dear Chief Johnson –
My name is Mark McBirney, a 30 year resident of Menlo Park at the corner of Willow Road and Nash Avenue. A number of Willow Road residents including myself, have, in past years, fought very hard to have a 25MPH residential speed limit in place consistent with the residential zoning and land use along this road.

Night time speed limits appear to be very loosely/not-at-all enforced. Many cars will accelerate hard leaving the traffic lights at either Gilbert going westbound or Middlefield going eastbound and travel at speeds I would estimate at 40-60MPH. Rarely do I see any patrols nor cars stopped for speeding. This creates an extremely dangerous situation for residents. I know, a car crossed the median going eastbound and crashed into our fence on the north side of Willow a couple of years ago.

I am copying Council Member Ray Mueller as I have communicated with him about my concerns over traffic speed as well as non-Menlo Park congestion (but that is another issue) and have appreciated his support in this.

Thank you in advance for stepping up enforcement to ensure Willow Road residents are provided the safety of a 25MPH residential speed limit like any other residential street in Menlo Park.

Mark McBirney
Office 650 725-9238
Cell 650 223-1339

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Received on Mon Apr 24 2017 - 18:54:37 PDT

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