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Sidewalks on Santa Cruz -- Ned and Joan Desmond

From: domainremoved <Ned>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 07:30:45 -0700

My name is Ned Desmond, and my wife Joan Desmond and I reside at 4 Chateau
Drive in Menlo Park.

We would like to speak out in favor of sidewalks on Santa Cruz.

As we all know, side walks in much of Menlo Park are non-existent, which
makes life difficult and dangerous for pedestrians, whether they are school
children, the elderly and disabled -- people like my wife, who is blind and
can get around only with the help of a cane. For a city as prosperous as
Menlo Park, I would say this problem is long past due to address.

It may not be possible to address all the missing side walks, but the city
can and should address Santa Cruz, taking the sidewalks as far to the west
as possible.

My wife and I favor 5-foot sidewalks on the north and south sides of the
street, the elimination of marking on Santa Cruz, and the preservation of
the bike lanes.

Sidewalks on both sides of the street are important for a family obvious
reason: if you happen to approach Santa Cruz from the side of the street
without sidewalks you have to cross Santa Cruz, which is very difficult at
certain times of the day, even with crosswalks and crossing lights. There
is also the problem of getting to a cross walk along a roadside where
there is no sidewalk. In other words, sidewalks on one side of Santa Cruz
only solves the problem for one side of West Menlo. We need both.

It would be a great service to the citizens of Menlo Park, especially those
who want to walk around the city -- and those who have no other choice but
to walk -- to build these sidewalks and make Menlo a city more friendly and
safe for all its residents.

Thank you.

-Ned Desmond
(301) 509 5763
Received on Mon Mar 09 2015 - 07:26:13 PDT

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