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Bike lanes and pedestrian improvements for El Camino Real

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:31:18 -0700

Dear Council Members,

I urge City Council to take action tonight to further the goal of the El
Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan to make the area more pedestrian and
bicycle-friendly, to support local businesses, to improve east/west
connectivity, and to improve quality of life.

The city's survey found that the vast majority of respondents use El Camino
Real for local shopping and errands, which is not a surprise.

A strong growing body of evidence shows that improving conditions for
cycling and walking improves returns for local businesses. Shoppers who are
walking and bicycling purchase less per trip, but shop more often, and
overall spend more money at local businesses. Attached please find a
summary of information compiled by the Silicon Valley bicycle coalition
supporting the benefits to local retail. Better walking and cycling on El
Camino would help residents and workers run more errands without a car, and
support our local retailers.

The importance of local retail means that parallel routes, while helpful
for through-travel to Palo Alto and Redwood City, will not address the
opportunity for local residents to run ordinary errands without using a
car, and would not provide the local business benefits.

If the City moves forward with a pilot for bicycle lanes, I would strongly
encourage the pilot to be at least a year long. It takes a significant
amount of time for people to discover and use new facilities. With the use
of new intersection treatments, light timing issues, etc, it will be very
helpful to be able to learn and make adjustments, rather than immediately
remove changes as a result of initial unfamiliarity, or as a result of
preliminary design choices that could be fixed.

Thanks your consideration and for taking on this topic.

Sincerely,

Adina

Adina Levin


Received on Tue Aug 25 2015 - 15:29:53 PDT

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