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RE: What It Takes To Make Menlo Park Truly Bike-Friendly.

From: domainremoved <Terry>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:54:49 +0000

Attention Menlo Park City Council,

This encourages you to give Dana Hendrickson’s recommendations to heart. He is absolutely right on all fronts. These include:

1. The East – West connections for bike riders (recreational and commuters) needs to be the top priority. Please refer to all the work that surrounded the review and approval of the new Facebook Campus. What needs to be done has been clearly identified.

2. On drawings, the two-way bike path may look like it will work. In practice, it will fail. Accidents will increase. Why? Drivers and bikers will need to look two different ways at every possible intersection. Nowhere else in the region does anyone have to do that with the frequency and congestion that will happen on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Cars will hit bikes. Bikes will hit bikes as riders try to look backwards to make sure cars do not come up upon them from behind. Mock it up in a parking lot. You will save hours of debate. You will save lives.

In advance, thanks for giving this your attention.

Best regards,

Terry Clark
Bike riders and bike commuter.

From: dana hendrickson [mailto:danahendrickson2009_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 3:02 PM
To: City Council
Subject: What It Takes To Make Menlo Park Truly Bike-Friendly.

Menlo Park City Council:

Your public review of the El Camino Real Corridor Study on August 25 is an especially important milestone for you and all Menlo Park residents as both the results of the feasibility phase and what future actions should be taken (and funded) will be considered. I believe the additional spending required to estimate potential bike usage, prepare an environmental report, and develop both plans and a budget for the implementation of one of the bike facility alternatives was included in an earlier budget and estimate that more than $200,000 remains unspent. I continue to oppose the addition of dedicated bike facilities on El Camino and propose the City shifts its attention to investing in solutions that address more critical problems in our community bike network, ones clearly identified in the city’s comprehensive bike plan (2004) and the Specific Plan (2012). These are the need for greater east-west connectivity and downtown access, rather than a north-south bike corridor of questionable value, appeal, and safety. I have published research and analyses on my website (www.reimaginemenlopark.com<http://www.reimaginemenloparl.com>) that support my position and have enclosed a proposal for an alternative solution that would benefit many more cyclists than bike facilities on El Camino, could be implemented much sooner; depends less on Caltrans’ support, budgets and schedules; and would likely attract greater community support and less resistance. It is noteworthy that I have already performed the potential cyclist usage analysis that W-Trans would provide and determined that few adult cyclists would choose El Camino over less stressful alternatives. and it would remain unsuitable for elementary and middle school children, the largest group of bike riders.

I believe the arguments offered in support of bike facilities on El Camino are extremely weak and encourage you to carefully evaluate the actual value and trade-offs that exist rather than rely on popular platitudes. Unsupported claims about significant increased bike usage and safety, reduced vehicle traffic, and less auto emissions are unacceptable substitutes for persuasive facts, reasonable assumptions and sound logic. Unfortunately, these essential elements of "critical thinking" have been painfully absent in the workshops and planning sessions I have attended.

I again invite you to discuss, at your convenience, all my findings and recommendations and note that surprisingly my prior offers have generally been ignored by the City Council, and this unresponsiveness adds to my concerns.


Dana Hendrickson
Re-Imagine Menlo Park

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