May 31

Peninsula Clean Energy launches “E-Bikes for Everyone”

Posted on May 31, 2021 at 5:39 pm by Clay Curtin

Peninsula Clean Energy has launched the “E-Bikes for Everyone” program, including significant discounts to qualified San Mateo County residents for the purchase of a new electric bicycle (e-bike) in a broader effort to raise awareness and adoption of this healthier, cleaner and affordable transportation option.

San Mateo County residents who meet income qualifications will receive a discount at participating shops of up to $800 off the purchase price for an e-bike.

As e-bikes and their benefits are quickly growing more popular in the Bay Area and beyond, E-Bikes for Everyone is intended to help ensure that they are accessible and affordable to all interested members of the community.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to expand options for affordable, clean and practical electric transportation to underserved sectors in our communities,” said Redwood City Vice Mayor Giselle Hale, who also represents the city on Peninsula Clean Energy’s board of directors. “By partnering with our bike shops, this program helps bolster local businesses as we continue to recover from the pandemic and reopen our economy.”

Peninsula Clean Energy is also expanding education about e-bikes through a partnership with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit working to make bicycling accessible and safe for all users in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. That will include free training, group rides, giveaways and additional resources.

“The e-bike rebate program is so important as people are biking much more since we have been forced to reset transportation norms during the pandemic,” said Emma Shlaes, deputy director of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. “We now have a chance to maintain those norms and enable more people to e-bike as a way to get around and to go further, which helps the community meet its health and climate change goals.”

Apr 19

Happy Earth Week, Menlo Park!

Posted on April 19, 2021 at 6:24 pm by Clay Curtin

Each April, we celebrate Earth Day in recognition of the community action we can take and to educate others on how we can restore the earth around us. This year during Earth Week, we ask you to take part and do something in your community. 

How you can be involved during Earth Week
  • Clean up litter in your neighborhood with your household or social bubble.
  • Refill your water bottles at one of the City’s new hydration stations
  • Show off your home composting bin or home garden
  • Ride a bike, take a walk around the neighborhood or go for a hike
  • Skip the plastic bags at the grocery stores and use reusable bags
  • Charge your electric vehicle either at home or at a public charging station
Post your pictures and tag us on social media @CityofMenloPark and check out the upcoming virtual class on composting. 

Composting Made Easy
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6-8 p.m.
Join “Waste Sleuth” Todd Sutton and learn the basics of how to start your own compost pile and turn your food waste into nutrient-rich soil.

Apr 12

Proactive tree maintenance provides for improved tree health

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 9:51 pm by Clay Curtin

Regular, scheduled tree maintenance is an important component of a healthy urban forest. West Coast Arborists, Inc. is the City’s tree maintenance contractor hired to maintain street trees on a 5-year cycle throughout our many neighborhoods.

Maintenance includes a visual inspection of each street tree, pruning for vehicle and pedestrian clearance, cleaning large dead wood, addressing structural defects like rubbing limbs or overextended branches, young tree structural pruning and the removal of support stakes. Benefits of this proactive tree maintenance include improved tree health and longevity, reduced maintenance costs and reduced risk. 

Currently, the City's tree maintenance contractor is working in the area bounded by Ravenswood Avenue, El Camino Real, Middlefield Road and Spruce Avenue. 

The City’s efforts are separate and apart from PG&E’s tree maintenance work near power lines. If you see work being done in Menlo Park by Utility Tree Service, Inc., or other contractors, it is typically at the direction of PG&E or private individuals.

For additional tree trimming information, please contact the Maintenance Division at 650-330-6780.