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Bike Lanes on El Camino

From: domainremoved <Bruce>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:39:16 -0700

Dear Council Members,

I think putting bike lanes on ECR in Menlo Park is a bad idea. Here is why.

1. Traffic will not decline. It will merely shift to our neighborhoods. Most of the traffic on ECR is through traffic that originates from the north or south. It will not go away just because MP chooses to install a bike lane.

2. Our neighbors on either side, Atherton and Palo Alto, do not have bike lanes. Where will the bikers who use Menlo's bike lanes go after exiting our city?

3. Most important, these lanes will be very unsafe. Would you want your children/young adults to be biking in these lanes during the normal commute hours? Or anytime for that matter? The major intersections with ECR in MP are very busy and can be confusing for
drivers and/or bikers. It isn't hard to predict that numerous accidents and probably biker deaths will occur at or around the intersections.

4. Menlo has very safe alternatives through our mostly quiet neighborhoods on both sides of ECR. Most of these are on wide streets, many with bike lanes already. And many lead to existing bike bridge crossings or intersections with good stop lights.

Let's use and improve on what we have rather than create new lanes which will result in many new problems and injuries and deaths to bicyclists.

Regards,

Bruce Ochieano
1795 Stanford Ave.
Menlo Park
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Received on Thu Aug 20 2015 - 16:37:51 PDT

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