In October 2016, the Menlo Park City School District opened Laurel Upper School at 275 Elliott Drive. In coordination with the Menlo Park City School District and consistent with the City's Bicycle Plan and Sidewalk Master Plan, improvements were made to promote safe alternative modes of transportation in the neighborhood for students and their families. Upgrades to sidewalks, curb ramps, bicycle route sharrow pavement marking, and bicycle signage were made on Menalto Avenue, O'Connor Street, and other surrounding streets. These upgrades were made based on a presentation summarizing safety and circulation issues identified by the Menlo Park City School District and local community.
Valparaiso Avenue Safe Routes to School Plan
Improvements were made on and around the Valparaiso Avenue corridor to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. The goal of the project was to prepare safe routes for children and their families traveling to Encinal School, Hillview Middle School, Menlo School, Oak Knoll School, Sacred Heart School and St. Raymond's School.
With input from the community and school districts, improvements were made on Valparaiso Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Middlefield Road and El Camino Real. The following are some of the improvements that were made, more details can be found in the Draft Final Plan.
Continuous AC pedestrian pathway on the south side between Politzer Drive and University Drive
Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon at Elder Avenue and Emilie Avenue
Dashed green bicycle lane markings at approaching intersections and bicycle safety signs on both sides
Speed feedback signs eastbound near Robert S Drive and westbound near Hoover Street
Audible pedestrian push buttons at six intersections