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SAFE Issue#16 - Sharon Road Lack of Pathway-Sidewalks

Sharon Road is a narrow 2-lane road with residences spanning both sides of the road from Altschul Ave. to the Alameda (city jurisdiction).  It is somewhat wider as it continues westward from the Alameda to Santa Cruz Ave (county jurisdiction).  It is a primary school route used by children traveling by foot and bicycle to/from La Entrada Middle School (4th-8th grades) where the main school entrance is at 2200 Sharon Road (at the Sharon Road/Altschul Ave. intersection).  

Students from the entire University Park neighborhood converge onto Sharon Road to access the school entrance.  It is also the most heavily traveled route in/out of school by vehicles during both the morning drop-off and afternoon departure times (source: La Entrada Transportation Impact Assessment, 2016), yet it has no sidewalks and no marked walking or cycling pathways to create safe zones for children to use as a safeguard.  Crosswalks around school are traditional white parallel lines.

On-street parking is allowed on Sharon Road, therefore parked vehicles serve as obstacles for moving vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists all trying to use this narrow roadway.  These unsafe circumstances are magnified on days when trash and recycling receptacles are placed along the street and when there has been significant rain which at times creates large puddles along the sides of the road.

The section of Sharon Road west from the Alameda to Santa Cruz Ave. is a known cut-through route for vehicles headed to/from the Alameda and Santa Cruz Ave.  Despite the flow of vehicles and the presence of a school bus stop along this route, there is no safe zone for pedestrians and cyclists.   Sidewalks or at a minimum, placement of striping (lines down the side of both roadways) are needed with the addition of more prominent signs.

NOTE: Sharon Road from Altschul Ave. to the Alameda is CITY Jurisdiction.  Sharon Road from the Alameda to Santa Cruz Ave. is COUNTY Jurisdiction.

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I live on this section of Sharon Road between Alameda and Santa Cruz and fully agree! If sidewalks are not an option, I would also like to propose the installation of single lane traffic blockades as an alternative solution. Similar to those on Cloud Ave. at Avy and Valparaiso. It would certainly slow down traffic as they enter and exit this cut-through.

The shared jurisdiction for Sharon Road, which is the approach for children attending the neighborhood La Entrada Middle School, highlights the problem with the *absurd* map of the western border of Menlo Park. Neither the city nor the county takes responsibility for adequate planning in the highly trafficked "Triangle" area. The unincorporated section should be brought into MP, rather than connecting MP to Sharon Heights via a walkway on the Stanford Golf Course.

I agree. I feel vulnerable when I walk on this section of Sharon Rd as an adult! I depend on drivers to watch out for me because when cars are parked, there is no option but to walk in the line of traffic. Add a dog or child into the mix and it's even more scary.

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