With all of the cars on the road (many in a rush), it's also a particularly dangerous time for pedestrians and cyclists. I personally know of several Menlo Park students who have been bumped by cars while walking or biking to school. Fortunately, none were seriously injured, but with an increasing school population, a large number of children walking/biking to school, and schools located on narrow, neighborhood streets, the potential for a tragedy is ever present (as sadly several of our neighboring cities have experienced). A few reminders will help keep things safe:
Slow down. If you are late, you are late. Don't endanger others for not leaving early enough.
Don't stop and drop your children off in the middle of the street. Either park in a legal place or get in the drop-off line.
Obey the posted traffic, parking and crossing signs. Don't park in crosswalks. Don't make U-turns in the middle of narrow, neighborhood streets. Don't block neighborhood driveways, even for a "moment."
Keeping these things in mind will help ensure this school year is safe for everyone.