Oak Knoll Safe Routes Plan
The first community meeting on the Safe Routes to Oak Knoll update was held Nov 7, but even if you missed it there are still lots of opportunities to make your voice heard. Anyone who lives in the Oak Knoll attendance area is welcome to participate, so tell your neighbors.
* Come to the main office and look for the big map of the school attendance area. Mark the spots where improvements should be made or where things are going well.
* Fill out an online survey to share your thoughts on improving transportation around the school. Check out Menlo Park's Safe Routes to Oak Knoll Project Page and look for the Transportation Survey under "Related Links".
* Watch for the next community meeting on the Safe Routes to School plan for Oak Knoll to be held in January.
Commute Tips, Coffee and Goodies for Parents at Encinal: Dec 10
After drop-off, stick around for coffee, nibbles and advice on tackling your toughest commute issues. Want to bike when it rains? Teach your kids good safety habits? Safe Moves, the organization that runs our great bike rodeos and safety assemblies, will have a special program just for parents. Watch the PTO newsletter for location.
Laurel parking and bike/ped issues
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike have been affected by recent changes to parking regulations. On Ringwood, vehicles may not park on the westbound side of the street (next to the school) during drop-off and pick-up. Atherton Police Department officer Timothy Marks and California Highway Patrol officer Bob O’Keefe (CHP enforces traffic and parking regulations on streets in unincorporated areas.) were at a volunteer meeting on Tuesday to answer questions and take suggestions.
Suggestions included an additional crosswalk across Coleman at Ringwood and parking restrictions on Coleman. If you have further concerns, questions or suggestions, email district Traffic Safety Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to sign up: share the walk, ride or drive!
Thanks to MPCSD’s Safe Routes to Schools grant, we have started using some fantastic new software made by carpooltoschool.com. Families at Encinal and Laurel can now sign up and get matched with others nearby who want to bike, walk or drive together (Oak Knoll and Hillview will be able to join later this school year).
We are really excited about this new opportunity and hope it will make getting to school with fewer cars on the road easier for everyone! Please sign up and encourage your classmates and neighbors to do so! Go to encinal.carpooltoschool.com or laurel.carpooltoschool.com.
Kathy Schrenk is the Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Menlo Park City School District.
Also on Menlo Park-Atherton Patch:
School District Hires Traffic Safety Consultant
Families Join "Walking School Bus" & More
Transit Notes: Safe Routes to School Connect Families