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Sidewalks/March 10 meeting

From: domainremoved <Kristin>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:10:02 +0000

 Dear City Council,

Thank you so much for the work you are doing to bring sidewalks to Santa Cruz Avenue. This is very important work that will affect how we interact together in our community for many years to come. 
I would like to express support for 
   - Sidewalks on both sides of the street
   - Wide sidewalks (6-8 feet) to keep our children safe as they walk downtown after school, to allow room for wheelchairs and strollers. I often try to stroll Santa Cruz Avenue with my father who is disabled and we struggle to move around other pedestrians, strollers, trees, dogs tied to trees, etc. We need room to be together, to say hello to those walking the other way as we pass, and to enjoy your city.
   - A strip of plantings between the street and the sidewalk to buffer the sidewalk and beautify the surroundings. Plantings would also honor our need for more vegetation in general - both for aesthetics but also for our environment - they really make a difference.
   - Maintaining wide bike lanes. I try to bike on errands downtown and I encourage my children to ride their bikes to school via Santa Cruz, but to be honest, our experiences are pretty miserable - filled with close-calls almost every day. A little more room for bikes would make this much more doable - and again would foster better interactions among residents, improved safety, and improved care of our environment.
For the benefit of all residents, I am in favor of
   - Using the city's FULL right of way
   - Eliminating all parking that gets in the way of the priorities above
   - Planting new trees for every heritage tree that is removed (while preserving heritage trees is important, it is more important to me that Menlo Park plans wider sidewalks for our vibrant, growing city)
With gratitude,Kristin
Received on Tue Mar 10 2015 - 17:05:04 PDT

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