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please prioritize kids' safety over landscaping/trees on Santa Cruz

From: domainremoved <Joan>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:23:15 +0000

Hello Ray, Peter, Cat, Rich and Kirsten,I am not able to attend tonight's council meeting because I need to be at the MPCSD school board meeting. First, thank you for your efforts to improve safety on Santa Cruz Avenue by adding sidewalks and a buffered bike lane!I am glad to see that the recommended alternative has sidewalks and buffered bike lanes on both sides of Santa Cruz. I believe this will make it safer for the hundreds of children who walk and bike on Santa Cruz to get to Hillview. However, I do not agree with the idea of getting rid of the buffer zone in order to protect landscaping or trees.I understand and generally support the desire to protect homeowner landscaping and heritage trees--however this must be balanced against our kids' safety. I would like to see a safety buffer the ENTIRE way down Santa Cruz on both sides of the street to create the safest possible environment for our kids. Remember these are kids as young as 11 riding to Hillview (and even younger going to St. Raymond's).People often drive very fast down Santa Cruz and safety should be the highest priority. If the city needs to take out some landscaping or trees (which I understand are in the public right of way anyway) to keep the buffers to make it safer for all of our kids then it should do so. Hopefully if trees or landscaping needs to be taken out, then the city can work with homeowners to plant new trees or landscaping on the homeowners' property or in the public right of way but not in the buffer zone.I believe the priority of our community is that the city should do everything reasonably possible to maintain the safety of our children!Thank you for all the work you do! Joan
                                               
Received on Tue Mar 10 2015 - 16:19:08 PDT

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