Help Make Streets around MPCS Safer for Students
My 8-year-old son attends Mountain Phoenix Community School at 4725 Miller Street in Wheat Ridge. His school is a charter school, so I bring my three younger daughters (4 years old, 2 years old, and 6 months old) to drop him off and pick him up from school each day. I believe the traffic/pedestrian conditions on Miller Street are extremely dangerous for my family. There is no sidewalk on the east side of Miller Street, so if I park on that side of the street, I have to unload my three young children onto the busy street, or walk them through a dangerous ditch. Additionally, there is no crosswalk for students crossing W. 47th Place, and the sidewalk to the south of the intersection is almost impassable due to an overgrown privacy bush.
Our school utilizes Fruitdale Park often, and classes often go on walking field trips to the greenbelt by the creek. There is another charter school at the south end of Miller Street (Compass Montesorri School), so as you can see, Miller Street is extremely busy with foot and vehicle traffic.
As a mother of four young children, I am greatly distressed by the lack of safety measures on Miller, and the purpose of my letter is to make you aware of a very dangerous situation before something terrible happens. I am hopeful that you will hear my concerns and see that steps are taken to improve pedestrian walkability.