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 .
In our West Menlo Park neighborhood, University Park, there are many neighbors volunteering to help others that may need assistance in grocery shopping, medicines, pet care, or similar to those that may need that help. It is important to stay safe and limit exposure. To many, this creates a hardship that other neighbors can help overcome. Please register if you may need help or assistance. Register if you can provide assistances to those neighbors in need.
Last year, County agreed to implement a test of several long requested safety improvements at the intersection of Santa Cruza and Alameda.
The Safety Trial has been a huge success in improving safety for so many in the community. The next step is to complete the safety solution to add improvements to safety for cyclists (not included in the initial trial). More information on the Safety Trail, our community goals, the problems addressed, and what a permanent solution could look like:
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.
Crosswalk at Palo Alto Way --
This important crosswalk that services bus stops and connects our neighborhood is in dire need of safety improvements. Virtually all of these improvements are low cost, in the hundred dollar range. A much requested pedestrian activated traffic crossing light is needed to alert motorists to crosswalk use. This traffic light system, used in many other locations on Santa Cruz Ave and neighborhoods is also low cost, roughly about $16,000. We already have one death here and many near misses and this has been the design recommendation of every single safety study done by and for County for over a decade.
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 the important Community/County safety meeting of August 28th, there was unified agreement that speed, crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic were issues that needed immediate improvements. Traffic calming on that short Alameda section between the Y at Santa Cruz and Avy Ave was also discussed. 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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To submit a new item for the calendar, please send an email to Safety@UnivPark.org.