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Immediate Safe Routes Concerns Between 3 and 4pm at Menalto and Gilbert

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:45:25 -0800

Dear Nikki,

Per my voicemail, I am writing about the intersection at Menalto and
Gilbert in the Willows. Due to the decision-making power that City Council
bestowed upon Staff to make nimble changes for the public good, I'm hoping
you can address this issue prior to the imminent implementation of the turn
restrictions in the Willows neighborhood.

Upper Laurel lets out at 3:15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
When school lets out, a flood of elementary school children walk and bike
down Oak Court to Menalto Avenue and continue down Gilbert. Many of these
children also head to the dance studio on Menalto and Cafe Zoe to meet
their parents. In addition to the surge of kids, this "rush hour" for the
Menalto businesses also means that many cars are backing out of the
perpendicular parking spaces in front of the stores at this time. While
there is a school crossing guard out there for about 20 minutes after
school, even with current conditions, the intersection of Menalto and
Gilbert is dangerous between 3 and 4pm. Gilbert is the main route many kids
bike on to get home (Central lacks stop signs at Elm and Walnut).

Once the turn restrictions on O'Keefe, Durham and Chester are put in place,
cut-through commuters will be forced to travel to Menalto and Gilbert to
exit the Willows. While I understand that adjustments can be made based on
what transpires, the ripple affect to the corner of Menalto and Gilbert,
and Gilbert in general, can easily be understood and must be mitigated
during school hours. Instead of having the turn restrictions begin at 3pm,
please move the start time to 4pm. Otherwise, I fear that the safety of
kids will be put at great risk.

While there was a lot of discussion and input from neighbors about the turn
restrictions, there was no discussion that I heard about the exact start
time. Perhaps you can reach out to a few of the leaders of the Willows
Petition to make sure a 4pm start time works for them. I'm sure that once
they consider the safety of the Laurel children (and other kids passing
through this area!), they will realize that this is a necessary compromise.

Thank you for your consideration.

*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
Received on Tue Dec 12 2017 - 13:49:32 PST

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