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Santa Cruz Avenue developments

From: domainremoved <Horace>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 12:13:57 -0700

Council members:

        I noticed the scrolling electronic sign on Santa Cruz Avenue announcing street parking removal and buffered bike lane installation, beginning on May 18.

        It is a mistake to do this without providing any information to the community about why it is being done. I expect this parking removal action will result in an understandable uproar from people who will suddenly have to find a new place to park, with no idea why. They in turn will grump to others, who will also not know anything about why this is being done – since there has been no community outreach at all. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

        I believe that elimination of parking on some portions of Santa Cruz Avenue is reasonable and desirable in the context of a full project plan that includes sidewalks and bike lanes, or protected multi-use lanes with shade trees. The rollout of such a project has to be flawless, particularly in this community, which remembers the SCA street furniture debacle as if it were yesterday. If you don’t help the community understand the trade-offs, and all the good things everyone gets in exchange for giving up some parking, then Menlo Park will be perceived as just taking away what folks are used to, without any apparent reason. The staff’s abrupt and heavy-handed elimination of parking without context or community preparation is likely only to inflame opposition to the Council’s hard work, compromise and thoughtful planning, and undermine the prospects of success for a sidewalk plan that is designed to meet the diverse needs of the community in a balanced fashion. I urge you to put a stop to this ill-advised action until it can be done properly.

Horace Nash
Received on Thu May 07 2015 - 12:10:34 PDT

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