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Sidewalks near La Entrada Middle School for upcoming Work Plan

From: Chris Jones <"Chris>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:58:15 -0800

To the City Council of Menlo Park,

 

It has come to my attention that you are meeting this week to discuss
budgets and workplans and that a project is under consideration to add
sidewalks to the City portion of Sharon Road, in the block closests to La
Entrada Middle School. I would like to add my voice of enthusiastic support
for sidewalk improvements on Sharon Road.

 

I have had serious concerns about pedistrian safety in this zone for more
than a decade. I live at the corner of Alameda and Sharon Road, and I have
enjoyed the neighborhood and Menlo Park since 2003. In the mid-2000's, I
worked with some neighbors to try to improve pedestrian safety at this
intersection as well as to improve pedestrian safety specifically on Sharon
Road, from Alameda to Altschul where most students enter La Entrada Middle
School. It was frustrating back then to see the parcel tax assessment pass
and the sidewalk and beautification efforts installed without contiguous
sidewalks between key intersections and the nearest public school. I am
aware of the City-County patchwork of responsibilities in the area. I still
believe we can and should do better when it comes to the safety of our
children going to and from school. I am a property owner that is happy to
pay taxes to make attractive, effective, and useful improvements to our
neighborhood. This past year, I've again been an active member of
neighborhood groups advocating for improved pedestrian walkways, signage,
speed controls, and crosswalk improvements.

 

I am a parent of a 7th grader at La Entrada Middle School. For the past
three plus years, I have walked her along this busy stretch of Sharon Road
to her school, concerned about the lack of a well-marked safe zones for
children to walk to school. This year, she insists on walking without her
parents but with her classmate. My wife or I will cross the Alameda/Sharon
intersection and then watch them walk to school hoping that there are no
incidents. This block of roadway is the only repeat worry I have about my
daughter's overall safety throughout her school year. There is gravel and
dirt on the side of the road, and in the rainy months, impressively large
and deep puddles form out beyond the halfway point of the lane. There are
not even lane markers to suggest where pedestrians should be and where
vehicles should not be. The students are all dragging heavy wheeled
backpacks behind them as these 9-13 year old children have to carefully
navigate their way, all the while looking over their shoulders for vehicle
and bus traffic. I found that the vast majority of vehicles are
conscientious parents or bus drivers careful with the walking students.
Unfortunately, a few motorists from the neighborhood as well as many others
rushing through our neighborhood during worsening rush hour commutes.well,
they are not careful. I have experienced and witnessed many near misses. I
hope we can make some improvements here in a timely manner.

 

I have spoken with so many parents who share these concerns about no
sidewalks on this stretch of roadway. If you have any doubts about the
need, I invite you to come walk from the Alameda/SharonRd Intersection up to
La Entrada Middle School at rush hour or school commute hours. You will see
some parents and lots of students trying to make their way. It doesn't even
have to be raining for you to feel concern for your own safety.

 

Thank you for your community service as City Council members for Menlo Park.
We have a great city! Please let me know how I can help you to make it
safer for our youngest residents.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris Jones

3727 Alameda de las Pulgas

Menlo Park, CA 94025

cs.jones_at_(domainremoved)

408-892-0929 cell

 

 

 

 
Received on Sun Jan 28 2018 - 21:01:33 PST

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