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May 06

15 mph speed zones coming soon to Menlo Park schools

Posted on May 6, 2021 at 12:08 pm by Clay Curtin

Menlo Park is reducing the speed limit to 15 mph in school zones citywide. Streets within a 500-foot radius of a school will now have 15 mph school zones. As part of this effort, crews will install new 15 mph signs during the month of May. 

A speed limit reduction near schools will improve student safety and raise awareness among drivers. Speed directly affects crash severity and is often the likely cause of a crash. Just a 5 or 10 mph difference in speed can greatly affect vehicle-stopping distance and reduce injury severity in the chance that pedestrians are struck by a car. The National Association of City Transportation Officials recommends lowering the speed limits for areas near children at play and 20 mph zones to reduce speeds for local roads and urban areas.

The 15 mph zone sign installations will begin near Hillview Middle School and Belle Haven Elementary School. Overall, 15 schools and preschools in Menlo Park will benefit from the speed limit reduction: 
  • Belle Haven Elementary School
  • Encinal Elementary School
  • Hillview Middle School
  • La Entrada Middle School
  • Laurel School Upper Campus
  • Littlest Angels Preschool
  • Menlo-Atherton Cooperative Nursery School
  • Menlo-Atherton High School
  • Nativity School
  • Menlo Children’s Center
  • Menlo School
  • Oak Knoll Elementary
  • Roberts School
  • Sacred Heart Schools
  • St. Raymond’s School
As part of Bike Month celebrations, we invite the community look for the new 15 mph signs and to take a picture or selfie. Please send your photos to Menlo Park Safe Routes to School.