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sidewalks on Sharon Road (between Altschul and Alameda)

From: domainremoved <Neil>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:19:01 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council members,

I am told that today you will be deciding which projects to prioritize for the coming year. School safety has to be at the top of the list for many in our community with families.

My specific request for you is to evaluate the safety of a common route that students use to walk to La Entrada: the Sharon Road corridor between Alameda De Las Pulgas and Altschul. This segment of road is particularly dangerous for our children. I invite you to walk the segment on a school day at 7:45am to see for yourself.

Specifically, this narrow road accommodates traffic going in 2 directions. The traffic is brisk as parents use the segment to drive their kids to school. We encourage kids to walk to school, so many walkers also use this segment. Since there are no sidewalks and cars are permitted to park on the shoulder, students horrifyingly often need to venture out into the middle of the road dodging traffic to make forward progress on their way to school.

There have been a number of close calls on this segment of roadway. I think it’s time for the city council to address this safety issue. We’ve watched as Menlo Park has nicely upgraded the student safety around Hillview (beautiful sidewalks, flashing crosswalks) and Oak Knoll (wide roads, crossing guards), and it seems as though Menlo Park has chosen to turn a blind eye to this problem at Las Lomitas.

Please put sidewalks on Sharon to help ensure the safety of our children. I can’t think of a more important agenda item for the coming year than this.

Best Regards,
Neil Barman

Parent of children in La Entrada and Las Lomitas
Property owner and taxpayer in both Menlo Park City and unincorporated Menlo Park


Neil C. Barman, M.D.
mobile: +1.650.248.8387
Received on Mon Jan 29 2018 - 08:22:19 PST

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