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opposed to bike lanes on El Camino

From: domainremoved <Francesca>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:19:10 -0700

Dear City Council-- I never write letters. But on this issue, I feel
compelled to.

Why I am opposed to bike lanes on El Camino:

1. *El Camino is currently a mess:* There is already a shortage of lanes on
El Camino in Menlo Park. It makes no sense to purposely make El Camino even
MORE difficult to navigate. Why would our City Council intentionally make a
bad problem worse?

2. *Dangerous:* Mixing bikes, buses and cars on a heavily trafficked
thoroughfare is a dangerous idea. Does our City Council want to be
responsible for potential, and most likely, bicyclists' injuries and deaths?

3. *Business un-friendly:* If you make it more difficult to get to, people
will not come. We will avoid shopping and eating in downtown Menlo Park.
This can't possibly be our City Council's intent.

4. *Buses are an inefficient use of taxpayer money: * Count the number of
people on a bus at any random time. 1 or 2 people? No people? Very few
people use the bus. Do any members of our City Council ever ride a bus? I'd
wager not. Menlo Park does not have the density of New York City or San
Francisco. Buses are not a convenient mode of transportation in a suburban
area where everything is so spread out. Can only imagine what the real
dollar-per-mile use-cost is. We should be considering cutting back on this
waste, not expanding it.

I know bus/bike lanes are politically-correct and high-minded. Cars are
bad/bikes are good. But what sounds good isn't always good policy. I
believe the unintended ill consequences of the proposed bike/bus lanes will
be higher than what is currently being factored by our City Council.

Please, Menlo Park City Council, reconsider this proposal.


Francesca Freedman
Received on Sat Aug 22 2015 - 15:17:20 PDT

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