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Ravenswood railroad crossing

From: domainremoved <Catherine>
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:43:00 -0700

Dear City Council members,

I was surprised and disappointed when I checked the agenda for what I
thought was to be tonight's meeting. Based on an erroneous posting on
Nextdoor, I had been making plans around tonight's meeting. Unfortunately I
cannot attend a meeting on this critical subject on a Wednesday night.

What I would have liked to say face to face has little to do with the
recent tragedy since it is certain that many people who come to speak will
echo my sentiments about how treacherous the area is. I would have nothing
to say that others haven't said.

What has worried me in the recent conversation and all the cogent advice
emanating from all corners is that, as far as I have seen on public threads
(have not looked at the CC log), I have been the only person mentioning
high schoolers. Cyclists have not been a factor in the various accidents
but, as you consider reconfiguring the area, please keep in mind that this
is an extremely dangerous intersection for students who bike to
Menlo-Atherton High School, who have to maneuver all the obstacles others
have mentioned plus the perilous funneling of two lanes into one lane as
cars race to get ahead.

My son, a sophomore at M-A, bikes to school day and night (including in the
dark since he has late practices and both parents work full-time) - I worry
every day.

Like us, other parents are trying to get our teens out of cars. Please
consider the safety of the hundreds of teens who bike to M-A, many of them
on Ravenswood.

Thank you for remembering this vulnerable group that also uses those same
streets.

Catherine McMillan

680 Sa Mateo Drive
Received on Tue Mar 17 2015 - 22:38:39 PDT

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