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Jun 14

Community meetings June 15-16 on biking/walking safety near schools

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 7:56 pm by Clay Curtin

Menlo Park has collected 173 responses to its survey on walking and biking safety near schools. 

During April and May, the Menlo Park community was invited to participate in a survey on safety near the schools. The participants were able to provide feedback on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructures by choosing from five categories of issues: sidewalks, street crossings and intersections, comfort, driver behavior and safety. The survey also included an interactive map where respondents could locate the issue. 

The three top problems mentioned in the survey were regarding driver behavior (29%), sidewalks (27%) and street crossings and intersections (25%). The Safe Routes to School team has analyzed the data collected through the survey and identified “corridors” where issues are concentrated and which jurisdiction is in charge. Among those corridors are Santa Cruz Avenue, Encinal Avenue, Laurel Street, Valparaiso Avenue, Ringwood Avenue, Middlefield Avenue, Bay Road and Coleman Avenue. 

The survey will be complemented by two virtual community meetings scheduled at 4 p.m., June 15, and 6 p.m., June 16. During the meetings, the Safe Routes to School team will show the data collected through the survey and participants will be able to discuss the issues and potential community-led solutions in breakout sessions.