a poem by Nina Bell
First reading for Palo Alto city council, May 21, 2018
Fifteen years this project has run Designed with care for everyone. Walkers, bikers, drivers too All were considered, even me and you. The primary goal as you well know Is to provide safe passage for our children to go To one of eleven schools along the way..... Which they need to maneuver twice a day. Lower the speed, define the lanes, Enhance the crossings, make the route more sane. All act to encourage walking and biking. A safer road is more to our liking. And protected turn pockets, both in and out, Help neighborhood drivers get about, Without the fear of getting struck By a car speeding like a hockey puck. Throughout the years the Council has voted To support the plan the staff has promoted. With their careful design, fine tuned each time, They've had all road users best interest in mind. But the job isn’t finished, safe features aren’t done Until the hardscape and landscape have finally begun. So it is with great earnestness, I hope you do what is right and approve the contract before you tonight.