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El Camino Real Corridor Study

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Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:35:52 +0000

Dear Council Members,

I've never written to a political body before, but after reading the the El Camino Real Corridor Study I feel I must.

The Plan suggests alternative impacts to El Camino which could, if selected, impede automobile flow. I understand the Council is subject to considerable pressures from advocacy groups, no matter how small a number of people they may represent. However, I implore you to use common sense and simple observation. The overwhelming majority of residents and visitors travel by car and will continue to do so. The reasons are simple - speed, safety, weather protection, carrying capacity, distance mobility, etc.. Not to take away from bikes - I ride one - but the numbers do not (and will not despite whatever coercive measures are taken) justify any option that might stifle vehicle movement. Just the opposite is warranted. El Camino Real through Menlo Park is already recognized as a severe bottleneck. Adding a bike lane and further restricting auto traffic and turning mobility will only make the problem worse.

Putting more money and attention into bus expansion likewise is not justified by ridership. Simple daily observation shows that buses are almost always virtually empty. The per miles by passenger on these conveyances is an enormous taxpayer subsidy. A cost effective and efficient service it is not.

The vitality of the El Camino corridor and the adjacent commercial areas it serves are dependent upon ease of movement. My voice is only one, but I'd guess it represents the vast majority of residents from whom you will only hear after making a decision that thwarts their ability to easily transit our city.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Tom Merson
Woodland Avenue
Received on Sun Aug 23 2015 - 16:34:32 PDT

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