Have you held your breath watching a child bike to school? Have you ever told your own child that he or she could not walk or bike to school because it was too unsafe, or know a parent who has? Do you think that Menlo Park can do better? Now is the time to make a difference!
Parents for Safe Routes is a Menlo Park-based group of dedicated families and neighbors committed to making our schools as walkable and bikeable as possible. By working in partnership with our local municipalities, schools, community members and agencies, we can be at the forefront of the national Safe Routes to Schools movement. We don't have to accept the status quo. We can work together and improve the quality of life for everyone in Menlo Park.
Join us today!
September 28, 2017 (Kate Bradshaw, The Almanac)
Parents seek safer ways for kids to bike or walk to school
What can be done to keep kids safe who ride their bikes or walk to school?
A recently formed Menlo Park-based group of parents got advice on doing just that from a longtime leader of Palo Alto's Safe Routes program, Penny Ellson, at a parent education night hosted by the Menlo Park City School District on Sept. 19.
Palo Alto has reported major successes in diverting kids out of their parents' cars to get to school, according to Ms. Ellson, a longtime leader for safe routes in that city. The number of kids who rode their bikes to school doubled between 2006 and 2016, she said. Read More →
19 September 2017
Parents for Safe Routes Kicks Off MPCSD Annual Speaker Series on September 19th
If you missed this informative event, watch Parents for Safe Routes Founder and Chair, Jen Wolosin, deliver her MPCSD Speaker Series presentation, Between Home and School: Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen. Following her talk is a panel discussion with community leaders in Safe Routes. The presentation begins at minute 21:40. Watch Video
14 September 2017
Five Child/Bike Related Incidents in Menlo Park in Eight Days!
Parents for Safe Routes has just learned about a fifth (yes, 5th!) child/bike-related incident that has occurred over an eight-day period.
9/5 - 3:20pm, Case # 17-2794
12 year old turning left from Middle onto Arbor broadsided. Minor injury reported.
9/6 - Approx 8am - Case # 17-2905
Middle school child doored on Olive before Santa Cruz. Fractured collar bone.
9/11 - 3:34pm - Case # 17-2878
Crossing Santa Cruz at Oakdell. Middle school child turning onto Oakdell and car leaving Oakdell turning left on Santa Cruz collided. Child with scrapes and bruises.
9/12 - Approx 5pm - Case # 17-2897
Middle school child riding on sidewalk hit while attempting to cross Middle Ave. on El Camino Real. Minor injury (hurt wrist).
9/13 - 8:01am and Case # 17-2901
Middle school child had a bike accident while entering crosswalk on bike, heading to Hillview at El Camino and Ravenswood. He collided with a minivan that was turning right, and his left foot was run over. Swelling and crutches.
Thankfully, none of the above accidents resulted in serious, life-threatening physical injury.
Is this rate of collision typical for the start of the school season?* Are there more of these incidents occurring that are left unreported? How many near misses are experienced every day? At what point do we say, as a community, "enough!"?
NOW is the time to get serious about Safe Routes. Parents, neighbors, community leaders, business owners, schools, police, fire, everyone, must come together to make our streets safe for children. We must work together to engineer Safe Routes, educate ourselves and our children and enforce (both via the police and ourselves) traffic rules. We can do this!
Parents for Safe Routes is here to help lead, but we need YOU.
Please come to our talk on September 19th at 6:30pm at Hillview (details below) to learn what you can do to be part of the solution. Please forward this message to your personal network, post on Facebook, and encourage those you know to attend. Have folks join our mailing list: https://www.parents4saferoutes.org/join-us. This is important.
We don't have to accept the status quo. Together, we can make a huge difference.
*We have requested info from the Menlo Park PD to see if these rates are unusual or typical.
PSR Newsletter (August, 2017)
Back to School Newsletter
Welcome back to school! We hope everyone enjoyed summer and are ready for a great 2017-2018 school year! It is our hope that this new school year brings even safer streets for kids and an even better quality of life for our community at large. Check out our back to school newsletter to learn about two big Safe Routes events - the opening of the Oak Grove Bike Route (coming soon!) and information about an upcoming Safe Routes talk on 9/19 by our Founder and Chair, Jen Wolosin, titled, "Between Home and School: Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen." The newsletter also contains key tips for getting to and from school safely. Happy reading!
The Mercury News (January 19, 2017)
Grassroots effort to install coordinators at each school to make roads safer for kids
By Kevin Kelly
A Menlo Park parent is spearheading an effort to make roads safer for local schoolchildren by working directly with schools. Read More →