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ECR Bike Lane proposal

From: domainremoved <Neil>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:58:41 -0700

Dear City Council Members

I have been a resident of Menlo Park since 2005. I’m an active cyclist and ride with my family a significant amount within the Menlo Park city boundaries. I am frustrated by the “marketing” being done (on the pro side and the con side) with relationship to “ECR bike Lane project proposal.

First, of all the “bike lane” projects to embark on first, this is in my opinion one of the lowest priority projects to do first. I think this is one reason why the topic is so charged. There are plenty of other more serious problem areas for bike safety for Menlo Park residents. Secondly, I don’t even really believe that the proposal should be centered around the discussion of the what kind of bike lane should be built, if any at all. The real issue seems to be first and foremost about whether Menlo Park wants to add a third traffic lane through the center of Menlo Park. On this issue, I do not support adding a third car lane. I think all of the traffic studies support this as well?

As to what to do with the existing parking “lane” existing on ECR through Menlo Park I would suggest testing one of the bike lane options (option #2? - painted barrier bike lane) to see what getting rid of parking on ECR really does to businesses. This would address the fire depts issue about not being able to use bike lane with a raised barrier. We could also see how much increased ridership would be achieved to confirm/deny current arguments in favor of bike lane. We could then always go back to parking on ECR.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to ask me any questions,

Neil Laderman
650-473-9336
Received on Wed Sep 02 2015 - 10:57:08 PDT

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