Sequoia PTA to discuss Brewster @ Elwood ~ Curb Extensions Planned for Melendy in San Carlos ~ Belmont Parks & Rec Advisory Committee meeting ~ SamTrans Needs Feedback & more…
1) Safety Concerns about the Intersection of Brewster @ Elwood (in Redwood City) to be discussed tonight, Tues, Oct 5, at 6:30pm at the Sequoia High School PTSA meeting.
Parents, teachers, students/parents of future students—join the PTA if you haven’t to attend: https://sequoiaptsa.myschoolcentral.com/
The Zoom meeting link can be found in Oct 3’s Sequoia Sentinel Newsletter
If you haven’t signed the petition (initiated by a parent whose son was struck in the crosswalk), you can sign here: https://www.change.org/p/redwood-city-city-council-4-way-stop-needed-at-dangerous-redwood-city-ca-intersection-brewster-elwood (This petition requests a four-way stop but know that various solutions for this intersection are all being considered and discussion open to all possible solutions.)
2) San Carlos Transportation Commissioners gave their approval for five new concrete curb extensions (bulb-outs) in San Carlos, this time along Melendy. The proposed designs make no attempt to accommodate, much less encourage, bicycling/micromobility user. Video link to Sept 21’s meeting, that includes which intersections are included in plans, will be shared in a subsequent newsletter.
3) SamTrans Bus Petition Reminder: If you haven’t yet, please consider signing the petition to bring the 295 Samtrans route back with improved route times to align with Sequoia High School start time.
Sign the petition to bring back the full 295 Bus Route and see the route here.
WHY RIDE A BUS? Create safer streets! Converting more school trips from cars to alternative multi-modal transportation options, including transit, walking, or biking, reduces peak period congestion, improves local air quality, and promotes youth independence. Today, fewer than 15 percent of children nationwide walk or bike to school. Rates of severe childhood obesity are three times higher than they were 30 years ago, putting children at higher risk of premature death and several chronic diseases. Parents driving their children to school accounts for 20-30% of morning rush hour traffic. See the pre-2014 Route 295 map and learn more at https://getonthebusrwc.org
4) Proposed plans for Belmont Parks, Rec & Open Space (PROS) Masterplan so far include plans for a pump track at Belmont Sports Complex (across 101, over Ralston bike/ped bridge), a learn-to-ride bike loop at Belameda Park, and a skatepark along El Camino near Ralston. See the full Draft plan (so far) here: Belmont Parks/Rec/OpenSpace Advisory Committee DRAFT Recommendations
You can let Belmont Parks & Rec know how you feel about these and the rest of their proposals during open public comment at the beginning of Belmont’s next Parks & Rec Dept meeting, this Wed, Oct 6, 7pm.
Zoom link at: https://belmont-gov.zoom.us/. Select JOIN and enter Meeting ID 924 8319 3757.
Thanks for reading/riding! Sonia Elkes,
Founder, San Carlos Bikes
PS: Want to get bike-related news more promptly? To see more bike- and San Carlos transportation-related updates sooner:
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Want a general Guide to Biking in San Carlos? See this article: Guide to Biking In San Carlos (San Carlos Living magazine, April 2021)