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Feb 04

Belle Haven traffic calming trial improvements coming soon

Posted to Menlo Park Belle Haven Neighborhood Updates by Clay Curtin

After months of working out the design details, the Belle Haven Traffic Calming Plan will start construction soon. Currently, the construction team is securing permits to ensure minimal impacts and safety measures are in place during construction. Staff expects permits to be issued in a few weeks so that construction can commence as soon as possible. Stay tuned to the city’s Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study project webpage for construction updates, as they become available.

The temporary improvements will be installed on Terminal Avenue, Chilco Street, Hamilton Avenue and Newbridge Street. These include:
  • Temporary bulb outs and crosswalks at key intersections on Terminal Avenue
  • Temporary bulb outs, bike routes (i.e., sharrows) and yellow center lines on Chilco Street from Hamilton Avenue to Newbridge Street
  • Temporary bulb outs, shoulder stripes and crosswalks at key intersections on Newbridge Street, between Chilco Street and Willow Road
  • Temporary gateways on Hamilton Avenue and on Newbridge Street near Carlton Avenue

For temporary bulb outs and gateways, residents can expect flexible posts and painted areas to outline the shape and size of these features. These cost effective materials will help create contrast for drivers and evaluate their design adequacy before permanent features are installed.

For additional information or to provide feedback, residents are encouraged to visit the Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study project webpage or contact Acting Senior Transportation Engineer Kevin Chen.

temporary-bulb-out-example
Mar 28

District Attorney warns residents and businesses of COVID-19 scams

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Clay Curtin

San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe warns residents and businesses to be alert for scams related to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately, it is common for scammers to exploit the uncertainty and anxiety associated with emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic to take people’s money or steal their identities. Scams reported to law enforcement agencies throughout the country include:
  • Scammers selling fake at-home test kits
  • Scammers soliciting donations for individuals, groups, and areas affected by COVID-19
  • Scammers offering to sell fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19
  • Scammers creating fake businesses, websites, social media accounts, and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand, such as surgical masks. When consumers attempt to purchase supplies, the crooks keep the money and never provide the merchandise
  • Scammers posing as national and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sending phishing emails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information
Residents and businesses can protect themselves from becoming victims of COVID-19 related scams by doing the following:
  • Rely on medical information only from trusted sources, such as their personal health care providers and county, state and federal public health officials
  • Independently verify the identity of any company, charity, or individual that contacts you regarding COVID-19
  • Be cautious of unsolicited emails offering information, supplies, or treatment for COVID-19 or requesting your personal information for medical purposes.Legitimate health authorities will not contact the public this way.
  • Check online reviews of any company offering COVID-19 products or supplies. Verify that the URL/Web Address is correct as scammers will often create fake copies of websites where the URL is only slightly different. Avoid companies with complaints about not receiving items.
  • Don’t click on links or open email attachments from unknown or unverified sources. This could download a virus onto your computer or device.
  • Research any charities or crowdfunding sites soliciting donations in connection with COVID-19 before giving. An organization may not be legitimate even if it uses words like “CDC” or “government” in its name or has reputable looking seals or logos on its materials. For resources on donating wisely, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website. 
  • Ignore offers for a COVID-19 vaccine, cure, or treatment. If there is a medical breakthrough, you won’t hear about it for the first time through an email, online ad, or unsolicited sales pitch.
A person who would like to report a COVID-19 related scam in San Mateo County should contact the District Attorney’s Office by calling 650-363-4651 or calling the local police department.

Federal Trade Commission Tips to Avoid Scams
Feb 05

Community discusses new safe routes project near La Entrada Middle School

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

On January 15, the City held a meeting at La Entrada Middle School to present design concepts for the Sharon Road Sidewalk project. The project proposes safer access to La Entrada Middle School with a new pathway on the north side of Sharon Road from Alameda de las Pulgas to Altschul Avenue.

The existing site is partially paved and lacks a continuous accessible walking path. This presents a challenge for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles navigating the area. Additionally, rain creates large puddles next to the street, which forces pedestrians into the travel lane. Over 30 people, including residents and middle school parents, learned more about the project and how it could improve public safety and connection to the school. The City presented renderings and plans of the following design concepts:
  • General improvements
    • Mitigate ponding by eliminating low-points and installing gutters to the storm drain
    • Install curb ramps and a connecting walkway at Sharon Road and Altschul Avenue
    • Sharrow markings for shared bicycle and vehicle lanes along Sharon Road
  • Pathway Option 1 – Concrete sidewalk
    This option consists of a raised concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, which would remove parking on the north side of Sharon Road. The elevated curb and color of the sidewalk may act as a barrier to traffic. The concrete sidewalk could also affect street width perception for drivers, and thus reduce traffic speed.
  • Pathway Option 2 – Asphalt walkway
    This option consists of a new asphalt walkway and valley gutter at street level. The concrete valley gutter would act as a separation between the asphalt walkway and the street, possibly allowing for time-restricted parking beyond school hours where there is available width.
The advantages and disadvantages of these preliminary designs were discussed. Participants shared input on pedestrian/bicycle safety, school travel, ADA compliance, parking removal and drainage. The City will continue to collect feedback through the public outreach phase before pursuing next steps. 

Submit your questions or comments.

For more information, please visit the project website at menlopark.org/sharonroadsidewalk

Parents and children walk to school in wet street