The removal of street parking around schools, any school, is short sighted on the City's part. The school and parking in question is Nativity School. Nativity School is a parochial school that serves students from Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, to name a few. There are some families that bike into school. The reality for Nativity is that most commute in via car. The removal of the east side of Laurel Street parking directly in front of Nativity School will impact every single family with children at Nativity. The Kindergarten families need to have a hand to hand pick-up, that is 30 families that must park. That now leaves grades 1-8, roughly 240 students that now have to be picked up someplace, somehow. The drive through line on Oak Grove already extends past Vallembrosa Center. With the parking removed, that line of cars in the drive through line will extend beyond Nativity Church and onto Middlefield Road, further exasperating the congestion at Oak Grove and Middlefield.
Now if Nativity families want to get out of the car to greet their children, they will have to find parking on the side streets, Noel, Pine, Marcussen. Pine and Marcussen are very narrow with near impossible conditions when cars are parked on the street. All three aforementioned streets are at least a block from Nativity School. Imagine walking your child to and from the car during a rain storm.
As you can tell, taking away the adjacent on street parking will have a adverse on all of Nativity School families.
Aside from the parking, the safest bike path for ALL people, adults included is the east side of Middlefield Road. There is a beautiful dirt path that sits about 10 feet from the car traffic and is protected by trees. This will always be the safest route. Rather than reroute 200 cars, reroute all people to the safest path, east side of Middlefield Road.
There are too many cars on the road with distracted drivers. All people need to be safe.