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RE: Bike Lanes on El Camino Real in Menlo Park?

From: domainremoved <Brooke>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 03:01:48 +0000

My wife (Rosemary) and I are avid cyclists (3,500 - 4,500 miles per year). Nevertheless, it makes zero sense to encourage cyclists to use El Camino.

* El Camino has three lanes in each direction in both Palo Alto and Atherton. By forcing traffic through a two lane bottleneck in Menlo Park, drivers are encouraged to use side streets. I almost never drive on El Camino though Menlo Park during rush hour.

* Cyclists should be able to use improved bike lanes on side streets and drivers should be encouraged to use a smoothly flowing El Camino.

* The logical choice is #1 (eliminate parking and add a lane of auto traffic to El Camino Real in Menlo Park). However, the City Council will not vote for #1 because they will not want to be positioned as voting for cars over bicycles.
Brooke Seawell

From: Menlo Park's Future [mailto:menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 4:06 PM
To: Menlo Park's Future
Subject: Bike Lanes on El Camino Real in Menlo Park?

Bike Lanes on El Camino Real in Menlo Park?

Fellow Residents.

On Tuesday, our City Council will be studying one hot topic<http://www.menlopark.org/806/Project-Documents>:

  1. whether to eliminate parking and add a lane of auto traffic to El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
  2. whether to eliminate parking and add a bike lane.
  3. whether to eliminate parking and add a buffered bike lane.
  4. Or whether to leave ECR as it is now. [Note that adding a right-hand turn lane at Ravenswood has been budgeted but is not factored into the current discussion, and should relieve traffic northbound.]

Here are some questions I hope the City Council will address:

1. Extrapolating out to 2035, the automobile traffic will supposedly decrease on ECR if the buffered bike lane option (#3) is offered. I hope the council will ask: where will the traffic go? Will it go in the neighborhoods as well as onto the also jammed Middlefield Road?

2. Where will the bikers go when they reach the north and south borders of Menlo Park since neither Atherton or Palo Alto have bike lanes on ECR.

3. What will our liability be if we deliberately invite bikers, kids and tourists to travel this high volume road with 60-plus curb cuts? And hazardous intersections? Is the installation of bike lanes irresponsible?

I hope the Council will direct staff to design a safe north- south bike route that links to existing bike routes in Palo Alto and San Mateo County-one that puts bikes, not more cars, in the neighborhoods.

The bike lobby is very aggressively pushing for bike lanes on ECR. I encourage you to share your thoughts with the City City.council_at_(domainremoved)

- and with me.

Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)

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Received on Wed Aug 19 2015 - 19:59:57 PDT

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