Photo By: Courtesy of Lucy Mangas
Families from the Los Altos Hills side of Foothill Expressway collaborated to create the Lincoln Park/Foothill Bike-to-School Group for students who attend schools on the opposite side of Foothill.
There are currently as many as 10 students who ride their bikes together from Los Altos Hills on any given day. The goal of the Bike-to-School group is to encourage them to take the safest possible route.
The Los Altos School District agreed to file a request for a crossing guard at the intersection of Foothill and Edith Avenue after parent Lucy Mangas outlined the dangers of the busy intersection.
The Bike-to-School group is scheduled to invite Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis to witness students crossing Foothill Expressway this week.
“Our group is very much aware that a crossing guard is only one element in our overall goal of creating safe bike-to-school routes, and hence significantly reducing the morning car commute,” wrote parent Anne-Sophie Stephan in a letter to the Town Crier. “A crossing guard is the most pressing item at this point in time, but ultimately, we will support any action toward safer bike lanes, crossroads, traffic routes, etc. We also hope that, when parents see that there is a crossing guard at the Foothill/Edith location, they will be less hesitant to let their kids (especially the younger elementary school students going to Gardner Bullis), bike or walk to school.”
While the group waits for word on a crossing guard, parents have volunteered to serve as guards on weekday mornings to ensure a safe crossing of the intersection.
After initially focusing on Egan students, the Bike-to-School group has broadened its appeal.
“We have noticed during our morning crossing-guard shifts that students going to Los Altos High School, or Bullis Charter School, also cross Foothill around that time,” Stephan said.
Students interested in bicycling to school together can meet the group 7:30-7:45 a.m. (8:20-8:40 a.m. on Wednesdays) weekdays at the Foothill/Edith intersection.