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trial of east-west bike lanes - variations

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:29:36 -0700

Dear Honorable Mayor, City Council members, and Bike Commissioners

I like very much the idea of a trial of dedicated bike lanes to make it
more safe for children to bike to and from middle and high schools.

As I understand it, the proposed trial would remove parking on the south
side of Menlo Ave. and provide an east-bound bike lane from Crane to
Middlefield, and a west-bound bike lane from Middlefield to Crane.

A variation I would propose is to reverse the directions of the proposed
lanes. The primary reason is to avoid putting the bike lane on the south
side of Ravenswood where two car lanes merge into one. Already there are
safety issues in that area. The ideal would be bike lanes that are as
straight as possible to make them more predictable for children and for
drivers.
With this variation, the parking still could be removed on the south side
of Menlo Ave. and all lanes shifted over, or removed on the north side.

In my opinion, however, an even better trial would be to make the entire
streets one-way, with Menlo and Ravenswood one-way westbound from at least
Laurel to University, and Oak Grove one-way eastbound from University to at
least Laurel, with new bike lanes extending all the way to Middlefield on
both Oak Grove and Ravenswood.
I suggest this second variation for several reasons: it also avoids putting
children in a bike lane on Ravenswood in the direction where there is a
problematic lane merge of cars. Further, it allows west-bound traffic to
easily see and safely stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk on Ravenswood
near Alma. It also allows traffic to see congestion ahead and safely stop
before the train tracks. Additional benefits: It allows (much safer than
before) turns onto and off of Alma from Ravenswood, and allows much safer
crosswalks and turns from Menlo Ave onto University Ave.

Thanks to the Bike Commission for starting an important conversation about
a trial of changes that could dramatically improve safety for children
while also reducing the number of car trips!

Patti Fry
Mother of M-A and Hillview graduate
Former Planning Commissioner
Received on Fri Jun 19 2015 - 09:26:51 PDT

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