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Traffic concerns in the Willows.

From: domainremoved <Jacob>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:58:10 -0800

Dear City Council Members,

My name is Jacob Scharfman. I am 18 years old and have been a resident of the Willows neighborhood in Menlo Park for 8 years. I grew up playing in this neighborhood but now I wouldn’t dare. This is due to the extreme traffic issues that have developed. The traffic problem is due to an innumerable number of people using our neighborhood as a cut through to the 101. I have watched hundreds of cars a day, and some large buses, drive through in order to try to shorten their commute. For me and for the neighborhood this presents a number of issues. The first and foremost issue is safety. I have personally witnessed dozens of close-calls between motorists and local children walking or biking in the neighborhood. As the amount of traffic has grown, this issue has become worse with more incidents happening daily. I have even witnessed about a half dozen accidents in front of my house. The second issue is that of pollution. I have sat in line of cars for up to 35 minutes just trying to reach Willow road along with
 dozens and dozens of other vehicles, all idling at once. This environmental impact alone would be enough for me to write in. The final issue I have is the sheer inconvenience this traffic has caused in the community. It has taken me, on many occasions, 45 just to reach Highway 101 from my house on Central Avenue. This, as far as I’m concerned, is unacceptable. To be confined to that amount of traffic, simply because others are too self-centered to realize that it’s a community that they are endangering. this is an issue that the citizens of the Willows can’t solve alone. The all-around safety of the community is the reason that I am contacting the Menlo Park City Council to ask for help. I have heard that there have been a couple of community meetings and a number of signs saying “no through traffic” while these steps are appreciated, there is still much more to be done. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Received on Mon Nov 20 2017 - 09:50:01 PST

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