Nov 16

City Council considers adoption of the Transportation Master Plan

Posted on November 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm by Clay Curtin

The City Council will consider the draft Transportation Master Plan (TMP) during its special meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The draft plan focuses on the City Council’s four goals: 1) safety, 2) sustainability, 3) mobility choice and 4) congestion management.

To create the plan, we evaluated the current transportation system, how to improve it and what would best advance local priorities. We looked at current conditions and issues with different travel modes. Key stakeholders, community organizations and residents provided feedback.

The plan highlights traffic on key roadways, collision hot spots and the need for travel options beyond automobiles.

The City Council appointed an Oversight and Outreach Committee of 11 members of City boards, commissions, other local organizations and residents to review over 190 projects for potential inclusion in the TMP.

The plan includes 53 Tier 1 projects chosen to have the greatest effect to achieve the goals and significantly benefit the community. The plan ranks projects based on specific criteria, outlines implementation strategies for local improvements and identifies local contributions toward regional improvements.

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City Council
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
5 p.m. - ID # 267-130-171

View the City Council agenda and Transportation Master Plan staff report.

For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit the Transportation Master Plan webpage.

Nov 04

Menlo-Atherton High School bike club accepts donated bikes for students

Posted on November 4, 2020 at 9:15 pm by Clay Curtin

In 2019, James Nelson, a teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School and safe routes to school champion started a bike club at the school, M-A on the Move, to teach students bike maintenance.

Mr. Nelson has taught around 500 kids how to do basic bike maintenance, like how to pump up a tire, how to patch tubes, true wheels, how to repack bearings, strip a frame and paint it, run cables and housings and change brake pads. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, students met weekly at the bike shed in the school parking lot.

Since January 2020, they have repaired or maintained around 150 bicycles. A new bike repair station was recently installed on the high school campus.

In addition to teach students how to repair bicycles, the bike club fixes donated bikes to give back to the community. Twenty-five bikes were donated to students last year. The school continues to get bike donations from the community. Mr. Nelson is currently working on six bicycles and has around 10 bikes in storage, waiting to be fixed. Eighteen bikes are ready to be donated.

“We try to focus on getting bikes to students who need them to get to school. In the current distance learning situation, we are giving bikes to kids who need them due to other transportation needs, such as getting to a job, or because their parents do not have the ability to drive them places, or because they do not feel comfortable on mass transit, says Mr. Nelson. I have 18 bikes are ready to go out the door- I need tall people who need bikes! I am taking in more bikes all the time, especially looking for bikes for little kids and smaller people,” he added.

Although Menlo-Atherton High School students are the priority for the bike donation, the bike club also giveaway bikes to the school staff and student family members. “Pretty much anyone who will promise to try to use the bikes that we give them and will try to prioritize bike transit above automotive transit is welcome to get a bike,” added Mr. Nelson.

If you have old bikes to donate to Menlo-Atherton bike club or know a child in need of a bicycle, please contact the Safe Routes to School team.

Nov 04

Belle Haven helmet giveaway serves 50 local students

Posted on November 4, 2020 at 9:12 pm by Clay Curtin

On Wednesday, October 21, the Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program held a helmet giveaway event in the Belle Haven neighborhood and provided 50 helmets to local children. 

The event was a collaboration with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and organized to serve students 5-17 years old. Parents and children came to get free helmets and proper fittings.

Back to school had a very different look this year due to COVID-19. Many children that attended the event, mentioned they would like to go to school biking or walking when school reopens for in person education.

Bike lights and other Safe Routes to School resources such as the Menlo Park SRTS Activity Book, Walk and Roll Maps and walking and biking safety tip flyers and booklets were also provided to families.

For more information regarding the program, visit the Safe Routes to School webpage.