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Guest Opinion: Finding a better approach to school dropoff

Original post made on Aug 7, 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 ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2022 at 6:21 pm

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All good suggestions. I biked to school (a couple of miles) starting in 7th grade. It was fun!

Posted by Ron
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2022 at 4:03 pm

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Another source of traffic are people leaving for work. For example many Bubb Elementary families use the gates behind the school field or by Bubb Park instead of from the front of the school. Meanwhile this causes traffic jams at those streets in the neighborhood. My suggestion is for a means to help people avoid the area when driving or leaving for work in the morning. I don’t have kids so am not familiar with school schedules but if I knew ahead of time (text, calendar reminder, etc) I can easily change my route.

Posted by Jon B
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 8, 2022 at 9:09 pm

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School drop offs zones are terrible for residents, too. I used to live near Huff elementary and it was a nightmare trying to get to work. Not to mention at the end of the day the parents are so crazed after finally inching up the kid pick-up queue that they drive erratically (usually talking over their shoulder to the kid) that I had to honk and hit the brakes on many occasions. Walking in is much safer

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 9, 2022 at 8:33 pm

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The start of a new school year is a great time to shift to healthier habits too for you and your kids. I got on my bike today and the seat broke! So off to REI and with $40 invested I’m looking forward to getting to school tomorrow… happy first day back everyone.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 11, 2022 at 9:14 am

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There are several Commons usage steps that local governments can take. (have taken)
Have taken: for instance, the MVWSD and the City have redesigned the very street where Voice photographer Lee took the photo in Jan 2017 (5.5 years ago). "Road Diet". The road is now Two Lanes (not four) and there are numerous Pop Out safe(er) pedestrian crossings. The side near Graham has "protected bike lanes" where the parking is outside the bike lane, the bikes are not directly next to moving vehicles.
Could Be Done: Access of schools / MVWSD / better new access points (cost school bond $$) like rear of Graham through side of empty lot. (see Imai and Monta Loma campus maps via Google sattelite view, or Crittenden's 4-sided walk access)

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