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Re: New State-of-the-Art Menlo-Ravenswood Bike Corridor Proposal

From: domainremoved <dana>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2015 12:52:42 -0800

Hi Bill:

Thanks for your thoughtful response about my proposal.

I am pleased that we now have two different ideas on the table and expect
all parties will evaluate them based on a comprehensive "cost-benefit
analysis" and not pre-judge them.

I do expect all will eagerly support a fair, open and careful consideration
of both.

Your core concerns may be correct or not.

"I really like your idea of a separated two-way bike lane on Ravenswood and
bicycle lanes on Menlo Ave, but having spent several years advocating for
safer bicycling in Menlo Park,* I believe your plan will take a long time
to approve and great effort and expense to implement.* It is a worthy
project to consider, and parts of it I would personally support."

Let the city do its job and we will have a sound basis for doing either one
or both and know which one should have the highest priority.

Again, thanks.

Dana



On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:34 PM, Bill Kirsch <bill_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Dana-
>
> I really like your idea of a separated two-way bike lane on Ravenswood and
> bicycle lanes on Menlo Ave, but having spent several years advocating for
> safer bicycling in Menlo Park, I believe your plan will take a long time to
> approve and great effort and expense to implement. It is a worthy project
> to consider, and parts of it I would personally support.
>
> I would not, however, support delaying or stopping the Bicycle
> Commission's proposal to pilot Oak Grove Ave as a east-west bicycle
> corridor in the very near term which can be implemented quickly and at low
> cost. The Bicycle Commission's plan and your plan are not mutually
> exclusive.
>
> I use the Menlo/Ravenswood corridor by bicycle daily to access the Burgess
> complex, as do many others including M-A High School students, and feel
> your urgency to make this a safer corridor. I have asked City staff what
> might be done quickly to improve safety on this corridor, but answers have
> been difficult to find.
>
> In the meantime, M-A continues to grow its student body (by 25% over the
> next few years) and is under a TMP to contain automobile traffic to its
> campus. They just approved the addition of 150 new bicycle parking racks
> on the campus at the corner of Oak Grove Ave and Middlefield Rd as part of
> the overall plan.
>
> To help M-A accommodate and encourage mode shift towards non-motorized
> options, and to get something done quickly to make our large and growing
> community of folks that choose the bicycle for transportation around town,
> the Bicycle Commission is proposing a lower stress, lower traffic bicycle
> corridor pilot on Oak Grove Ave for east-west connection across ECR, and
> University Ave for north-south transport. We would greatly value your
> support on this project.
>
> The Bicycle Commission's proposal will go a long way, and quickly, towards
> moving Menlo Park in the right direction.
>
>
> Best regards, Bill
> Bill Kirsch
> Chair, Menlo Park Bicycle Commission
>
>
> On 11/4/15 8:12 AM, dana hendrickson wrote:
>
>> All:
>>
>> As a resident of Meno Park, I request that the City Council, staff and
>> volunteer commissions review and consider the enclosed proposal to improve
>> the safety and comfort of EXISTING and FUTURE bike riders who prefer the
>> convenience of using the Menlo-Ravenswood bike corridor.
>>
>> You now have two alternatives for improving "east-west bike
>> connectivity", and I hope you will carefully evaluate and compare both and
>> share your findings will all residents and proactively seek their feedback.
>>
>> As in the past, I invite you to discuss my ideas at your convenience.
>>
>> Best regards,
>>
>> Dana Hendrickson
>> Editor
>> Re-Imagine Menlo Park
>>
>>
>
Received on Wed Nov 04 2015 - 12:54:30 PST

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