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Traffic on Marmona in the Willows

From: domainremoved <nancy>
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2017 17:13:14 -0800

Hello,

I am a long time resident of the Willows who chooses to ride her bike to run errands in downtown Menlo Park and Palo Alto. (I commuted on my bike while teaching for 21 years in the Menlo Park School District.) To get to either place I stay off of Woodland as it doesn’t feel safe. Instead I have ridden on Marmona for decades so I have some perspective about the traffic on that street. Within the past several years it has become a “short cut” when Middlefield northbound and Willow eastbound traffic backs up and sometimes when traffic isn’t backed up! Often during afternoon hours Marmona sees a steady stream of cars mainly driven by males, one to a car. I can’t believe that all these individuals live in the neighborhood. They most often turn left at Gilbert to make a right hand turn at Willow and continue on their way eastbound.

Many of these drivers are traveling at a safe speed but not all. Some are well in excess of the 25 mile an hour speed limit. In addition drivers often cut corners and move into the opposing traffic’s side of the street. When cars are parked on both sides of Marmona it is impossible for two cars moving in the opposite direction to pass one another. One car must pull over and wait. I have seen drivers fail to be cautious forcing the other oncoming driver to quickly pull over.

As a result of all this I do not feel safe riding my bike on Marmona in the afternoon and now try to restrict my errand running to between 10 am, after the morning traffic has abated a bit, and 1 pm. In the past I never had to do this.

I feel for those people who live on Marmona and the other very much traffic-impacted streets within the Willows. It isn’t safe to ride a bike nor often walk, crossing streets can be challenging, with all this cut through traffic. While I don’t have an easy solution to suggest, I do want you to know that those who are concerned about these changes are not imagining this increase in traffic. Unfortunately with all the building going on at the eastern end of Menlo Park and the increase in jobs in downtown and the northern Palo Alto area, I don’t see any hope for the traffic situation getting any better. It is a mess!

Sincerely,
Nancy Rankin
Received on Sun Nov 05 2017 - 17:17:54 PST

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