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Fwd: bikes on El Camino

From: domainremoved <Henry>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 12:10:04 -0700

Council Members,

If El Camino is recon figured with bike lanes, it will imply a level of safety that simply will not be there crossing intersections and dozens of commercial driveways. Further, the weaving of cars and bikes for right turns will hamper everyone, including our older drivers. We need to focus on an alternative parallel route for bikes as other cities have done and as the Specific Plan outlines.

Please see correspondence to commissioners from our fire chief below. (Note, pedestrian ref. is within street, not sidewalk.)

Thank-you.

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> From: Schapelhouman, Harold
> Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 5:24 PM
> Subject: RE: Complete Streets and access for emergency vehicles
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> Russell and Mike
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> I appreciate your follow-up on this matter, let me restate the question so I am more clear and perhaps complete streets is not the best example.
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> My question was not if complete street designs left sufficient room, but rather why it was not being studied or specifically addressed in the consultants reports we have seen for Atherton and Menlo Park who reference this document as base data.
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> In other words, nowhere is it stated in those reports that El Camino is a primary emergency response route, that it is a vital community link to local hospitals and emergency rooms, that the County ambulance contract has specific performance and fine metrics related to time as does the Fire District and that any of this was taken into consideration in consultation with these entities and for the benefit of public safety.
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> Terms such as “social justice” seem to be used in relationship to vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists but not patients being transported to hospitals in ambulances or when addressing first responder concerns.
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> After review of the Cal-Trans and complete streets documents related to “safe” mobility for all users and the Grand Boulevard Initiative guiding principles, specifically #8, Improved safety and public health, which references designing parallel access routes designed to separate pedestrian and bike movement. The Fire District will be recommending that use of El Camino by pedestrians and bicyclists is an incompatible use based upon safety concerns and not related to convenience unless sidewalks are present.
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> The Menlo Park study gave a daily use count of 34,700 vehicles to less than 100 cyclists, in essence 1 vehicle to .003 cyclists in the busier Menlo Park corridor. This raises practical as well as public safety concerns, especially with explosive growth, regional population increases and modality which now uses zero emission electric vehicles with the potential of driverless technology right around the corner.
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> We support the initiatives recommendation #9 to strengthen pedestrian and bicycle connections in the corridor, also supported by the Atherton Town Council, which will improve connectivity and reduce the distance between corridor crossings with adjacent neighborhoods where appropriate.
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> It is clear that circulation studies need to be updated for each community to address a global impact, but also that safe bicycle routes and networks need to be identified and interlinked. Menlo Park has Alma Street to help with this but Atherton routes need to be discussed and improved.
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> One thing I felt was lacking in the Grand Boulevard document was the design “ tool box” which does not list emergency response anywhere. There seems to be a significant blind spot associated with this topic and it has been all but ignored in recent vendor analysis.
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> The “cafeteria” menu you reference does not address our concerns or show how each item you select could be a problem for first responders or which ones could help us. We would be open to helping improve that language.
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> Thank you
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> Harold Schapelhouman, Fire Chief
> Menlo Park Fire District
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> Peter Carpenter
> Please reply to:
> peterfcarpenter_at_(domainremoved)
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>> On May 18, 2015, at 2:24 PM, dana hendrickson <danahendrickson2009_at_(domainremoved)
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>> <Menlo Park ECR - Cyclist Stress Analysis.Final.pdf>
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Received on Tue May 19 2015 - 12:06:47 PDT

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