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Feb 04

Belle Haven traffic calming trial improvements coming soon

Posted to Menlo Park Belle Haven Neighborhood Updates by Clay Curtin

After months of working out the design details, the Belle Haven Traffic Calming Plan will start construction soon. Currently, the construction team is securing permits to ensure minimal impacts and safety measures are in place during construction. Staff expects permits to be issued in a few weeks so that construction can commence as soon as possible. Stay tuned to the city’s Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study project webpage for construction updates, as they become available.

The temporary improvements will be installed on Terminal Avenue, Chilco Street, Hamilton Avenue and Newbridge Street. These include:
  • Temporary bulb outs and crosswalks at key intersections on Terminal Avenue
  • Temporary bulb outs, bike routes (i.e., sharrows) and yellow center lines on Chilco Street from Hamilton Avenue to Newbridge Street
  • Temporary bulb outs, shoulder stripes and crosswalks at key intersections on Newbridge Street, between Chilco Street and Willow Road
  • Temporary gateways on Hamilton Avenue and on Newbridge Street near Carlton Avenue

For temporary bulb outs and gateways, residents can expect flexible posts and painted areas to outline the shape and size of these features. These cost effective materials will help create contrast for drivers and evaluate their design adequacy before permanent features are installed.

For additional information or to provide feedback, residents are encouraged to visit the Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study project webpage or contact Acting Senior Transportation Engineer Kevin Chen.

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Apr 02

Talk with your children about COVID-19

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Nicole Acker

Families are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to these current circumstances. Today, parents and caregivers are challenged with keeping children occupied due to schools, playgrounds, and nonessential business closures. There is an added responsibility to be creative and keep children engaged with limited outdoor activities while helping them juggle schoolwork and feel safe

It is important to focus on ways to reinforce a sense of control and to reassure children that they are okay, and that the situation will get better. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. The following tips can help parents and caregivers talk with children about COVID-19/novel coronavirus:

STAY CALM AND OFFER REASSURANCE
  • Be a role model
  • Focus on the positive
  • Be aware of how you talk about COVID-19
  • Explain social distancing
  • Demonstrate deep breathing 
  • Identify projects that might help others
TAKE TIME TO LISTEN AND TALK
  • Let your children's questions guide you
  • Be honest, accurate and correct misinformation
  • Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 facts 
  • Encourage them to verbalize their thoughts and feelings. Be a good listener!
MODEL BASIC HYGIENE AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
MONITOR TV VIEWING AND SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Limit watching continual updates on COVID-19 to help reduce increased fear and anxiety
  • Dispel rumors and inaccurate information
  • Provide alternatives i.e. games or other exciting activities
  • Establish and maintain a daily routine 
Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. This is also a tremendous opportunity for adults to model for children and help them adjust to this new normal of balancing time, processing new information from authorities, and connecting and supporting friends and family members in new ways. 

Additional resources:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Caring for children
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

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Feb 05

Community discusses new safe routes project near La Entrada Middle School

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

On January 15, the City held a meeting at La Entrada Middle School to present design concepts for the Sharon Road Sidewalk project. The project proposes safer access to La Entrada Middle School with a new pathway on the north side of Sharon Road from Alameda de las Pulgas to Altschul Avenue.

The existing site is partially paved and lacks a continuous accessible walking path. This presents a challenge for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles navigating the area. Additionally, rain creates large puddles next to the street, which forces pedestrians into the travel lane. Over 30 people, including residents and middle school parents, learned more about the project and how it could improve public safety and connection to the school. The City presented renderings and plans of the following design concepts:
  • General improvements
    • Mitigate ponding by eliminating low-points and installing gutters to the storm drain
    • Install curb ramps and a connecting walkway at Sharon Road and Altschul Avenue
    • Sharrow markings for shared bicycle and vehicle lanes along Sharon Road
  • Pathway Option 1 – Concrete sidewalk
    This option consists of a raised concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, which would remove parking on the north side of Sharon Road. The elevated curb and color of the sidewalk may act as a barrier to traffic. The concrete sidewalk could also affect street width perception for drivers, and thus reduce traffic speed.
  • Pathway Option 2 – Asphalt walkway
    This option consists of a new asphalt walkway and valley gutter at street level. The concrete valley gutter would act as a separation between the asphalt walkway and the street, possibly allowing for time-restricted parking beyond school hours where there is available width.
The advantages and disadvantages of these preliminary designs were discussed. Participants shared input on pedestrian/bicycle safety, school travel, ADA compliance, parking removal and drainage. The City will continue to collect feedback through the public outreach phase before pursuing next steps. 

Submit your questions or comments.

For more information, please visit the project website at menlopark.org/sharonroadsidewalk

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