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Guest Opinion: Finding a better approach to school dropoff

Original post made on Aug 8, 2022

The safety of our streets, particularly during school dropoff and pickup times, is a tragedy of the commons. People who drive cars into a high density of walking and biking children are degrading the safety of others.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 8, 2022 at 11:32 am

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I love to support walking and biking to school, but we need to make this a city priority and not just ask for parents to make individual choices. We need sidewalks and bike lanes for walking or biking to be a safe choice. Even kids traveling in groups can be unsafe -- sometimes especially unsafe given that they can feel safer, but yet make worse decisions based on the group misbehavior / poor-decision making of kids (which is very normal for kids; we can't expect them to be as responsible as adults when they're only 12 or 15).

In our neighborhoods, a majority of the cars that are dangerous for the kids walking and biking to school aren't driven by parents -- they're just folks driving to or from work, shops, home, etc. A few parents making different decisions isn't going to move the needle on the safety of the streets.

Posted by Michael
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:51 am

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We need to insist on separated multimodal infrastructure. We can use the phenomenon of induced demand to our advantage and demand the mode we want. There are plenty of roads that could be dedicated to prioritize people over cars, it’s not rocket science on how to achieve it. #waroncars

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