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May 03

Vaccine appointments available as county’s vaccine supply increases

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Clay Curtin

The County of San Mateo is launching weekly mass-vaccination clinics for anyone who lives or works in the county at the San Mateo County Event Center

Sixteen and 17-year-old San Mateo County residents are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine May 4, 2021, at the San Mateo Event Center site with parental or guardian consent. No pre-registration is necessary, but appointments can be made on MyTurn.CA.gov and the clinic code is “SMCEC.” The site is drive-thru only. Minor teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the vaccination site or bring a consent form, signed in advance by a parent or guardian, to the clinic. The consent form and more information is available for download in English and Spanish.

The San Mateo Event Center is located at 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA, 94403. The hours for Tuesday’s Pfizer clinics are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

At the weekly mass-vaccination events, appointments for the first-dose are open to anyone 16 or over (for Pfizer clinics) or 18 or over (for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson clinics). Participants must live or work in
San Mateo County and can make appointments up to three days in advance. Residents under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Apr 19

Happy Earth Week, Menlo Park!

Posted to Menlo Park Sustainability News by Clay Curtin

Each April, we celebrate Earth Day in recognition of the community action we can take and to educate others on how we can restore the earth around us. This year during Earth Week, we ask you to take part and do something in your community. 

How you can be involved during Earth Week
  • Clean up litter in your neighborhood with your household or social bubble.
  • Refill your water bottles at one of the City’s new hydration stations
  • Show off your home composting bin or home garden
  • Ride a bike, take a walk around the neighborhood or go for a hike
  • Skip the plastic bags at the grocery stores and use reusable bags
  • Charge your electric vehicle either at home or at a public charging station
Post your pictures and tag us on social media @CityofMenloPark and check out the upcoming virtual class on composting. 

Composting Made Easy
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6-8 p.m.
Join “Waste Sleuth” Todd Sutton and learn the basics of how to start your own compost pile and turn your food waste into nutrient-rich soil.

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May 06

What’s a traffic garden?

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

“Safety village,” “traffic playground” or “traffic park” are other names given to traffic gardens. A traffic garden is a space designed with small-scaled streets network and traffic features such as traffic lights, stop signs, bike paths, etc. They create a safe environment free of motor vehicles and with real lifelike streets for children to practice their walking and rolling skills and learn about road safety. They are great assets in providing standardized and realistic bike and pedestrian education. 

Some traffic gardens are designed to be temporary installations in parking lots or playgrounds and some are permanent structures with asphalt streets and concrete curbs–some are literally miniature towns with small buildings! Traffic gardens can also include a classroom, a bike shed, restrooms and a picnic area. Traffic gardens can be used by families during weekends or during school field trips to teach pedestrian and bicycle safety, bike skills and bike maintenance. 

Traffic gardens exist throughout the world, mostly in Europe and North America. The concept was particularly popular in Denmark and Netherlands in the 1950s to provide hand-on bicycle training to children. Within the last decade, traffic gardens gained in popularity in the United States, mostly concentrated in Ohio and on the East Coast. About 250 permanent traffic gardens have been identified around the world.

More locally, the idea was first brought by Brigid Roberts, a Menlo Park resident and Chair of Parents for Safe Routes, whose son learned to ride a bike at a traffic garden in Germany. During the last few months, the idea to develop a traffic garden in Silicon Valley has moved forward thanks to the Cupertino Safe Routes to School program, along with other regional partners such as the Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program, the Cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto, Palo Alto Safe Routes to School program, Parents for Safe Routes, San Mateo County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition and Safe Kids Santa Clara/San Mateo.

Complete this brief survey to let us know you would like to see a traffic garden built here in the Silicon Valley.

To know more about traffic gardens:
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