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Bike Safety Concern

From: domainremoved <Linda>
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:39:38 -0700

To Whom It May Concern:

On the morning of Wednesday, September 6th at about 8am our son was riding his bike north along Olive Street just before Santa Cruz. Olive Street is a "suggested biking route” according to the Menlo Park City School District “Safe Routes to School” website (see attachment). It seems that this route has also become an “unofficial” drop off zone for parents driving their students to Hillview School. In my mind, these two do NOT go together. There should not be a “suggested biking route” and a car drop off zone in the same area. It isn’t safe for bikers (or walkers) if cars are pulling over quickly to unload students. These cars not only cut off bikers, but also create dangerous situations.

Unfortunately, our son was involved in an accident as he was riding his bike near this corner. He collided with a car door that was opened for a quick student drop off. After a visit to urgent care, we learned that he has a fractured collar bone, several scrapes and some bruising. Our son will be fine, but this was a very scary and unfortunate situation that did not need to happen.

I feel very strongly that something needs to change along Olive Street near Santa Cruz. It is a dangerous area. Olive street should not be allowed as a drop off area for cars if we want to have it be a “suggested biking route” for our children. I know Oak Knoll extended their no parking and no drop off areas around it’s school perimeter and I am hoping Hillview would consider doing the same. We need to keep our students safe.

I am really hoping something can change before someone else gets hurt.

Many thanks,
Linda Knoll

Received on Sun Sep 10 2017 - 08:45:59 PDT

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