Transportation

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Between April 1st and May 31st, people who join the the 2017 Commuter Challenge and commute to, from or through San Mateo County using a transportation mode other than driving solo in a car will be eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand prizes.

Organized by Commute.org, the goal of the challenge is to encourage commuters to use alternative methods of transportation such as bicycling, walking, carpooling, shuttles, public transit or telework. Participants qualify for weekly and grand prize drawings by logging their commutes on Commute.org’s easy to use STAR tool which can be accessed at my.commute.org.

“Traffic in San Mateo County is at an all-time high, but it only takes a small effort by commuters to make a big difference” said John Ford, Commute.org’s Executive Director. “The Commuter Challenge is a fun and easy way for commuters to make an impact not only on traffic but on air quality as well.”

By signing up at my.commute.org and logging their commute alternative trips, participants will be entered to win one of the featured weekly prizes (Fitbit Alta, Rickshaw commuter bag, gift cards and more). Participants also earn a chance to win one of the five grand prizes – $300 Clipper card, Customized Rickshaw commuter bag, Folding bicycle, $400 REI gift card or a $300 shopping spree at The Shops at Tanforan – at the end of the challenge.

In 2016, challenge participants eliminated nearly 790 thousand miles traveled, 43 thousand single occupant vehicle trips, and eliminated 207 tons of CO2.

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Family bike ride in Menlo Park scheduled for Nov. 12

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A family-friendly bike ride highlighting local bike routes and Frequent Rider Card businesses in Menlo Park is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, from noon to 2:00 pm. It will start at one end of Burgess Park (Burgess and Alma) at 1:00 pm and end downtown (see map).  Participating will be Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith, City Council member […]

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Bike Menlo Park is piloting a Frequent Rider Card for shopping downtown

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Bike Menlo Park is piloting a Frequent Rider Card to support people who shop by bike in Menlo Park. The program supports healthy, sustainable transportation and local businesses, beginning with Menlo Park’s Halloween Hoopla on October 29th and running through the end of the year. Pick up a card at the kick-off event or from […]

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Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing project input meeting on Oct. 4

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This community meeting is an opportunity to give input on the study to separate Ravenswood Avenue from the Caltrain railroad tracks. This project evaluates the engineering feasibility of replacing the existing at-grade crossings of the Caltrain tracks by building grade separations of the roadways from the tracks at Ravenswood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue, Glenwood Avenue […]

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Marsh Road will re-open between 5:00 and 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 13

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Just in the nick of time before school starts — M-A on Aug. 17 and Laurel/Encinal on Sept. 1 — Marsh Road from Middlefield to Fair Oaks will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 13, between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Some remedial work will be done over the next week to complete the sewer line restoration, re-striping the roadway, removal […]

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Marsh Road closure begins on Tuesday, May 31

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The Town of Atherton will close Marsh Road on May 31 between Middlefield Road and Fair Oaks Avenue for construction to replace the Atherton Channel walls and floor. Scheduled reopening is August 11, 2016. A detour plan with roadway signage plan can be downloaded here. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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Another busy Bike to Work Day in Menlo Park

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As a host to nine energizer stations, Menlo Park was covered north/south and east/west this morning during the 22nd annual Bike to Work Day. We made our regular stop at the San Mateo Bike Bridge where stalwart volunteers KC and Bernadette Callahan were at their usual spot, which they’ve held for over a decade. When […]

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Locals urged to be extra cautious on Laurel School’s “walk and wheel” day May 4

Laurel School is having a “Walk and Wheel to School Day” this coming Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Children who attend Laurel School will be participating in this event by walking and bicycling to school. The children will be traveling along Ringwood Avenue to Laurel School, and along Coleman Avenue to Laurel School. Please be advised […]

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Community meetings planned to get input on Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing

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On Monday, May 2, 2016, members of the Menlo Park community will have an opportunity to give input on the study to separate Ravenswood Avenue from the Caltrain railroad tracks. The first of three planned meetings will be held at 6:30 p. in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center’s Oak Room. The project will evaluate the feasibility of […]

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New committee on aircraft noise formed but no Menlo Park representative

U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), who represents Menlo Park and Atherton, along with Sam Farr (CA-20) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) have formed a new Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals. None of the 12 local elected officials on the committee are from Menlo Park or Atherton, although Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Menlo Park council member […]

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2016 Commuter Challenge kicks off on April 1st

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The 2016 Commuter Challenge, this year’s campaign to reward commuters who choose transportation modes other than driving alone kicks off today. Between now and May 31, people who join the challenge and commute to, from, or through San Mateo County using an alternative mode will be eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand […]

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