Transportation

Is your child planning to bike to middle school in the fall? Wheel Kids, together with the City of Menlo Park, have created a Menlo Park-specific Middle School Bike Skills parent/child class. The weekend morning class has three parts: in class instruction, blacktop practice and on the road cycling.

Kids (and their parent — participation required), will learn how to navigate alongside traffic and through busy intersections to get around Menlo Park safely.

There are currently three dates being offered this summer — June 8th, June 22nd and July 28th.  Additional dates may be added if there’s a lot of interest. For more information about this program and to sign up click here.

“We are super excited that our pilots last year have yielded this program,” emailed Parents for Safe Routes founder Jen Wolosin, “but we really need to the classes to fill for it to be successful. So do consider participating!”

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Section of Bay Trail in Menlo Park closing overnight April 3/4

The Bay Trail will close overnight between Willow Road and Chilco Street starting Wednesday, April 3, at 9:00 pm and reopen Thursday, April 4, at 6:00 am. The closure is necessary to complete work that will realign the Bay Trail around the future bayfront bicycle/pedestrian bridge. This will allow the Bay Trail to remain open […]

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2019 Commuter Challenge runs from April 1 to May 31

Commute.org announced the 2019 Commuter Challenge for people who commute to, from or through San Mateo County. Between April 1 and May 3t, people who join the challenge and use alternative modes of transportation will be eligible to win great prizes. The Commuter Challenge promotes using alternative methods of transportation such as bicycling, walking, carpooling, […]

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Menlo Park “kids” grow up to launch business maintaining scooters

Two guys with Menlo Park roots — Rich Branning and Nate Thomas — have banded together in Southern California to launch a new business that is quickly spreading nationwide “The focus is the Last Mile Space,” said Rich. “Scooters are more prevalent here than in the Bay Area. The novelty is to ride the scooter somewhere […]

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Deadline to apply to be Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Menlo Park is Feb. 8

Menlo Park’s traffic consultant, Alta Planning Design, is hiring a Safe Routes to School Coordinator (Outreach Coordinator #1289). This individual will work as a liaison to public and private schools in Menlo Park. This position is a key component of the implementation phase of the citywide Safe Routes to School program, and will serve as […]

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Caltrans plans overnight closures of Willow Road and U.S. 101 beginning Jan. 15

Caltrans has scheduled five overnight closures of Willow Road and U.S. 101, as part of the Willow Road/U.S. 101 Interchange project. The closures will allow crews to install 135-foot concrete girders for the new overpass. During the following closures, affected lanes of Willow Road will be closed 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. All closures are […]

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City of Menlo Park will hold two Safe Routes to School meetings in November

The City of Menlo Park is creating a citywide Safe Routes to Schools program and is looking for your participation and feedback in the process. There are two options of meeting dates and locations that will cover the same content. Meeting option #1: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Hillview Middle School Library […]

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Ethanol, not cyanide, is culprit that sickens UPS driver yesterday in Menlo Park

Responding to a medical aid call yesterday, Menlo Park Fire District personnel found a 41-year-old male next to a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery vehicle. He identified himself as the driver and stated that he believed that he had been exposed to some type of chemical spill inside the back of the vehicle. The UPS driver was transported […]

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Peninsula Bikeway launch event proves fun for everyone

The Peninsula Bikeway was officially launched last Saturday at Burgess Park in Menlo Park. Once completed, the  Bikeway will make biking a viable option for most trips between the cities of Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto, and Mountain View. About 50 people turned out for the event which featured the chance to test ride a variety […]

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Ride the interim Peninsula Bikeway on Saturday, Sept.8

This is a kick-off event for the Peninsula Bikeway — an effort by the cities of Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City. It will take place at Burgess Park on Sept.8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Communities on the Peninsula suffer from crippling congestion and associated air quality, safety and health […]

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When is a kid ready to bike to school alone (or with friends)?

With summer camps wrapping up and the start of school looming around the corner, many parents are starting to think about how their kids will get to school. Parents for Safe Routes just finished our Back to School Newsletter, and in it we have a readiness checklist to help parents evaluate when a child is ready […]

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