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traffic and parking lanes on El Camino

From: domainremoved <Bob>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:37:20 +0000

 Please allow me to express my opinion on El Camino, here in Menlo Park.
   
   - Two traffic lanes per direction is too few.  The congestion is horrendous. The merge point by Menlo College approaching Valparaiso is dangerous. I support three automobile traffic lanes per direction.
   - The loss of parking spaces for businesses is unfortunate but elimination of at least some of the traffic congestion makes it a worthwhile trade-off.
   - The addition of bike lanes on El Camino is a bad idea. They would receive too little use to justify either taking away space from car lanes or taking away parking places (if lanes are not added for car traffic).

The reality is that El Camino is needed for cars and is too dangerous for all but the most skilled and adventurous bicyclists. It is not a corridor where families will decide to ride together to get to neighboring towns. Anyplace anybody wants to reach within Menlo Park that is on El Camino can be reached by using other streets until being within a block of the destination.
How much bicycle traffic do you see on El Camino in other nearby towns. None. And as much as I would like to see Menlo Park be bicycle friendly, keeping bicyclists off El Camino seems wise.
Bob Donnelly
Received on Sun Aug 23 2015 - 16:35:31 PDT

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