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For bike lanes on El Camino Real in Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Robert>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:30:20 -0400

Dear Honorable Mayor Carlton and Menlo Park City Council Members:

I am writing in support the addition of protected bike lanes on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

For 40 years I regularly commuted seven miles by bicycle from Woodside to the U.S. Geological Survey on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park. As a senior, now living in Redwood City, I continue to bike to Menlo Park for visits, appointments and shopping. I generally choose not to ride on El Camino because of the chaotic traffic patterns and the lack of any bikeway. This adds time and distance to my trips. I would like to feel safe bicycling to destinations along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

I encourage you to build on the work, study and recommendations of Menlo Park committees and commissions and to approve protected bike lanes on El Camino Real.

Installation of protected bike lanes on El Camino Real in Menlo Park would:
1. Create a safer roadway for all--whether biking, walking, taking transit, or driving.
2. Encourage and facilitate healthy, practical non-motorized transportation in Menlo Park and between mid-Peninsula jurisdictions.
3. Decrease auto congestion on El Camino Real, promote bike and foot traffic to the many Menlo Park businesses and destinations along El Camino, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Add people to the scene along the “Grand Boulevard” in Menlo Park.
5 Encourage Atherton and Redwood City to add bike lanes on El Camino Real to realize a regional bikeway corridor.

I urge you to improve safety on El Camino Real for all people and all modes of transportation by adding protected bike lanes. Doing so will establish Menlo Park as a leader in advancing active (healthy) transportation.

Thank you,

Robert Page
2803 Carson Street
Redwood City, CA 94061
Received on Sun Aug 23 2015 - 12:29:11 PDT

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