Nancy Cross lived for many years in our University Park neighborhood. Her home was a double lot on the NW corner of Palo Alto Way and Vine St.
University Park - West Menlo Park
As we are all well aware, disasters strike at any time and come in different forms.
By our neighborhood preparing in advance, to insure that our families are prepared and ready, we can more effectively use the very limited emergency resources when a disaster strikes. Our neighborhood will, for the most part, be on its own to provide help and provide safety in the disaster. Do your part and prepare and help our neighborhood too.
We have an interesting webpage to share many ideas to help us all through this pandemic. There is fun information, household art activities, and to help our local businesses we have a Featured Business that we can all help weather this critical time. We have also information on how to get help from local neighbors that are volunteering. More information is added frequently so .
We all know that our traffic corridors are growing worse and safety has not been addressed for over a dozen years. We concentrate on that section of Santa Cruz and Alameda de las Pulgas between Sand Hill and Avy Ave, yet we need to also pay attention to the traffic issues and planning (or lack of planning) on Alpine Road, Sand Hill Rd, Junipero, and 280.
Learn about the safety propsals for Alameda de las Pulgas. Important changes proposed to calm traffic, create safety buffers for cyclists and pedestrians, install needed center turn/merge lane, finally get room for good sidewalks, buffered bike lanes, parking , improved fire/emergency access, and much more. Use this Alameda Safety Proposal link to learn more.
Information and discussion pertaining to the southern segment of Santa Cruz Ave, between the "Y" and Sand Hill Rd. Important changes proposed to calm traffic, create safety buffers for cyclists and pedestrians, improved safety for parking, improved residental safety, retention of parking and much more. Use this Safety Information & Discussion link to learn more.
Santa Cruz/Alameda Safety
Learn about the safety issues and possible solutions pertaining to the northern corridor segment of Santa Cruz Ave, between the "Y" and Avy Ave. County has decided to exclude this major section from any safety planning or improvements, so it is up to the community to get involved and use its voice to change that mindset. Use this Safety Information & Discussion link to learn more.
The "Y" intersection of Santa Cruz & Alameda de las Pulgas is one of the most dangerious intersections in all of the County. The design of this intersection created dangerious safety issues for all. Its skewed angles, high speed design, restricted visibility issues, and lack of pedestrian and cyclist safety is a design that has created severe safety issues. Learn more and voice your ideas, concerns, and conments.
Quick - Low Cost - Safety Actions
Safer, Calmer Traffic: (New) There are some low cost, simple, immediate actions that could significantly improve safety and provide a much calmer traffic flow. Should we install those improvements now? Long term solutions are also in progress, but are probably years out.
You can participate in this discussion and add your own ideas and concerns. Join the discussion. Information and Discussion Here.
Specific Short term - low hanging fruit:
There are several safety improvements that can happen now. Some would argue that these should have happened many years - decades - ago.
- Defined SB Santa Cruz lane - Shoulder striping
- Reduced Speed on Alameda in Business Section (speed currently is increased there)
- SB Bike lane for Santa Cruz between Avy Ave and the Alameda "Y" intersection
- Repair unmaintained sidewalk at "Y" intersection
- Repair unmaintained sidewalk on NE side of Alameda between Sharon Rd & "Y" intersection
- Reduce lane width on Santa Cruz from Sand Hill to Avy Ave (to address speeding)
- Fix traffic timing and visibility issues at "Y" and Sharon Rd intersections
- Add shoulder striping and remove the 'temporary' bollards at the "Y"
- Add Advance Stop (aka Sharktooth) line at southern crosswalk at Y to provide visibility/safety
- Add signage on NB Santa Cruz near Sand Hill to advise of Alameda/Santa Cruz lanes
- Add pedestrian crossing bollard on Southern crosswalk at Y (Pedestrian Awareness - safety)
- Lengthen Advance Stop distance on SB Santa Cruz at Palo Alto Way to address visibility danger
West Menlo Community Safety Initative
Our community Safety Initiative has its own Safety Page on this website. You can also download the Santa Cruz/Alameda Safety Study report pdf. Please check out the information on the many safety issues of this cooridor and add your ideas, suggestions, and comments. Use the Participate icon (or click here) to indicate your interests and participation level.
Use the SAFE link to stay informed and up-to-date on safety in our neighborhood. After important Community/County safety meetings, there is unified agreement that speed, crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic were issues need immediate improvements. Traffic calming on that short Alameda section between the Y at Santa Cruz and Avy Ave is also a key safety topic. All these issues are fully documentented in the SAFE Santa Cruz/Almeda Safety Issues report.
Restoring Oak Knoll Play Ground Access
A new School Gate page has been added to the website as a result of a request to voice opinions on the topic of Access to Oak Knoll school grounds. The new section contains information, comments, discussion and reference material.
Chloe Scott lived in our University Park neighborhood for many decades and she was a much loved neighbor. She also was a professional dancer.
Chloe Scott lived in our neighborhood for decades, a native of England, she enjoyed a life of dance, as a choreographer, dance teacher, Feddenkrais movement therapist, and founder of the Dymaxion M
Alice and her husband founded Shady Lane 45 years ago to showcase their own artisan creations and they now help promote a group of local artisans, all women, who help out in the store and sho
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