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Menlo Park Updates

Mar 16

Buffered bike lanes community meeting for Nativity School

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Michael Tsai

Public Works Transportation staff will host a Nativity School Community meeting Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 7–8 p.m. at the school campus, 1250 Laurel St. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to parents on what changes to expect from the pilot installation of buffered bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue as well as the impacts on student drop off and pickup procedures. Buffered bike lanes are conventional bike lanes paired with a designated buffer space separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane. In order to fit buffered bike lanes, one side of Oak Grove Avenue will have parking removed. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the new school traffic circulation changes. If you need more information the Transportation Department at 650-330-6713 or  transporation@menlopark.org.

Buffered bike lanes community meeting
Mar 16

New Complete Streets Commission

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Pam Agular

On Feb. 7, 2017, the City Council discussed their 2017 Work Plan, including consideration of a one-year trial to combine the current Bicycle Commission and Transportation Commission to form a Complete Streets Commission. Council approved this merger at its Feb. 28 meeting.

The City is embarking on a major effort over the next 18 months to prepare a Transportation Master Plan. In order to ensure a successful process, the consolidation of the Bicycle Commission and Transportation Commission will be a helpful tool in creating efficiencies by channeling efforts to a single commission that can be a conduit for the community engagement on transportation issues. 

The Complete Streets Commissions’ responsibilities will include: 
  • Coordination of motor vehicle, bicycle, transit and pedestrian transportation facilities,
  • Advising City Council on ways to encourage pedestrian and bicycle safety and accessibility for the City supporting the goals of the General Plan, 
  • Coordination on providing a citywide safe routes to school plan, 
  • Coordination with regional transportation systems.

The City Clerk’s office is currently recruiting for two seats on the Complete Streets Commission. Applications are due by the close of business April 3.

The new Complete Streets Commission will hold its first meeting in May 2017.

New Complete Streets Commission
Mar 16

Updates to Commission meeting schedules

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Pam Agular

In order to avoid overlap with other city commission meetings, beginning April 17, the Library Commission will meet on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Library Commission meetings are held in the main library lower level meeting room. For questions, contact Nick Szegda, Assistant Director of Library Services. The Environmental Quality Commission has adjusted its schedule as well, now meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building first floor conference room. For questions, contact Clay Cutrtin, Assistant to the City Manager.

The Housing Commission is now meeting the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, City Council Conference Room. City Council directed the Commission to meet monthly in order to tackle items from their Jan. 10 study session on addressing residential displacement. The commission voted to change the time from 5:30 to 6:30, in hopes more community members would be able to attend. For questions, contact Jim Cogan, Housing and Economic Development Manager.

Last, the City Council approved the merger of the Bicycle and Transportation Commissions into a Complete Streets Commission for a one-year trial period to engage the community and provide feedback to Council on transportation issues.  

Updates to Commission meeting schedules