University Park - West Menlo Park

Crosswalk at Palo Alto Way - Lets get it safe!

Crosswalk at Palo Alto Way

Your help is needed. The long long delay in implementing safety for the Palo Alto Way crosswalk over Santa Cruz Ave is unacceptable. For over 16 years, County has not prioritized this crosswalk for safety measures. We can all make a difference now. Details and comments at:  

Neighborhood Disaster Awareness

Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness

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.

Neighbors Helping Neigbors and related info

Neighbors Helping Neigbors

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 .

Covid-19 -- Neighbors helping Neighbors

Covid-19 - Neighbor Volunteer & Help Registry

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.

Santa Cruz/Alameda Corridor - Community Meeting

Materials from: Public Safety Meeting - Jan 30th

County/Community meeting pertaining to Safety plans for Santa Cruz/Alameda corridor.

Was held at the Las Lomitas school Jan 30th. The presentation materials are now available for reviewing and include the presentation, various road configuration alternatives, simulation video, and cross-sections.

Santa Cruz/Alameda For Everyone

Santa Cruz/Alameda For Everyone

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.






Safety Proposal for Alameda de las Pulgas

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.

Southern Santa Cruz Ave Segment - Safety

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

Santa Cruz/Alameda For Everyone

Santa Cruz/Alameda Corridor Safety Initiative - Area in yellow

Northern Santa Cruz Ave Segment - 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.

"Y" Intersection - Safety

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

Help achieve the safety goalSafer, 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

Participate in neighborhoodOur  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.  



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