Jan 18

Get around town using the City’s free shuttle system

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 8:39 pm by Clay Curtin

Did you know that the City of Menlo Park operates four free, publicly accessible shuttle lines? These shuttle lines are a great way to get around town to run errands, visit friends, get to home or work from Caltrain, or shop. All these shuttles are open to everyone, have a rack for two bicycles and are wheelchair-accessible. 

The M1-Crosstown (former M2-Belle Haven) shuttle was launched in November 2020. This expanded service from the Belle Haven neighborhood with downtown Menlo Park, downtown Palo Alto and Sharon Heights. Popular destinations include the Menlo Park Senior Center, Belle Haven Library, Menlo Park Library, Burgess Park, Menlo Medical Clinic, downtown Menlo Park, Menlo Park Caltrain, Safeway, Little House Activity Center, downtown Palo Alto, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford Shopping Center and Stanford medical offices.

For commuters, the M3-Marsh Road and M4-Willow Road shuttles run from Menlo Park Caltrain to get you to your job. The M3-Marsh Road shuttle takes you to the businesses parks around Bohannon Drive and the Bayfront area, while the M4-Willow Road shuttle takes you to business parks near O’Brien Drive. 

For those who may not be within walking distance or have limited mobility, the City of Menlo Park also has the Shoppers’ Shuttle. This free shuttle picks you up at your house and takes you directly to your destination, before picking you up for the return trip home. 
Tuesdays – it operates to Redwood City
Wednesdays and Saturdays – it operates to Menlo Park and parts of Palo Alto
Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Reservations must be reserved in advance
Information sheet for sample destinations and how to reserve a ride

The City of Menlo Park hopes all residents and their loved ones are doing well during these times. Please rest assured that your health is taken into the utmost consideration when operating these shuttles. To protect against COVID-19, the driver wears a mask, vehicles are thoroughly cleaned, riders are required to wear masks, social distancing is kept, and there are capacity limits on the shuttles to prevent crowding. The health and safety of residents and their loved ones is a priority while being able to mobilize residents to live everyday life.

For more information on our other free shuttles and schedules, please visit the Menlo Park shuttle website or call 650-330-6770. You may also reach our shuttle provider, MV Transportation, at 650-692-1003.

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Jan 09

Menlo-Atherton High School thanks community for bike donations

Posted on January 9, 2021 at 11:17 am by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park and Menlo-Atherton High School thank the community for their recent, generous bike donations to the school’s bike club. As a result of the Menlo Park Safe Routes to School newsletter, the M-A on the Move bike club has received several donations from residents.

According to James Nelson, a teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School, these donations are the lifeblood of the program. Mr. Nelson started the bike club at the school to allow students to develop valuable skills and have access to bikes.

These donations have enabled the club to fulfill its priorities to give safe and reliable bikes to students. When students or faculty members receive a bike from the club, Mr. Nelson aims to give a bike that nearly needs no maintenance. All of the donations received in the last few months have been enormously appreciated. Bikes that aren’t safe or reliable to donate, all parts are used or recycled.

Thank you to all our donors, we appreciate all that you've done. If anyone is interested in supporting the
M-A On The Move program, they accept donated bikes and have wish lists on Amazon for parts and materials. Bikes for smaller people are especially appreciated. Let's get ROLLING!”

For more information on the Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program, visit the city website. 

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Jan 09

Upcoming Safe Routes to School Task Force meetings

Posted on January 9, 2021 at 11:14 am by Clay Curtin

The purpose of Menlo Park's Safe Routes to Schools program is to enhance access to all schools that serve Menlo Park residents. The City leads the preparation of a Safe Routes to Schools plan with a particular focus on gathering input and feedback from school students, parents and residents near the school. The plans are also prepared in close coordination with the school district and administration.

A Task Force was formed in summer 2019 to help guide the program. The committee is made up of public school and district employees, City staff, local and regional organizations, police, community members and other relevant stakeholders to discuss issues, concerns and craft recommendations to improve the program.

The following meetings (virtual until further notice) will be on:
  • Wednesday, March 17, at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 16, at 9 a.m.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about the SRTS Task Force committee, please email the Safe Routes to School Team.

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