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Fwd: Questions re Santa Cruz sidewalks

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:53:28 -0800

Dear CIty,
Could someone please respond to clarify where the new sidewalks and curb
will be, and what that means on the weekdays when recycling bins are out?
Living very near Santa Cruz Avenue, I am very aware of the number of
schoolkids and other residents who bike on Santa Cruz and am concerned for
their safety if recycling bins will be in the bike lanes with the proposed
sidewalk design.

See the attached photos. One is taken at San Mateo Drive and Santa Cruz
Avenue looking towards downtown. It shows the lines for the bike lane. Will
the new curb be at the line closest to the current gutter?

The other photos were taken yesterday morning when the recycling bins were
out. With the sidewalks as designed, will the recycling bins end up in the
bike lane?

Thanks for clarification.

Patti Fry
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Patti L Fry <pattilfry_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 4:52 PM
Subject: Questions re Santa Cruz sidewalks
To: city.council_at_(domainremoved)

Dear council,
A couple questions about the proposed sidewalk design:
1 - is it true that the new sidewalk will be located essentially where
pedestrians currently have to walk (I.e. At and into the street next to the
current gutter)? If so, where would recycling bins be expected to be
placed on the day before and day of recycling pickup? Today, they are in
the street next to the gutter, not in the bike lane but if the sidewalk is
installed in that area, it appears that the bins would have to be placed in
the bike lane. Since the larger bins are about 34" front to back, that
seems to be a large intrusion into the bike lanes heavily traveled by
schoolkids. Pickup day, and the before, are both on weekdays (schooldays).
2 - will the bike lanes be repaved as part of the sidewalk and new gutter
installation? In most places, the lanes have very uneven surfaces, some due
to residual divots from the "street furniture" removal 14 years ago, some
more recent when bike lanes were restriped. From Tuesday's discussion it
sounded as if there were no plans to repave Santa Cruz for quite a while.

Btw, whenever it is repaved, we hope that noise reducing surface material
is used. It makes a big difference on this heavily traveled road.

I understand the design is intended to preserve private fences/walls and
plantings in the city right of way (4' on each side of the street remains
unused in the design). I applaud this consideration but only if the design
doesn't make things less safe for children on bikes. They currently have a
wide area in which to bike - lane, buffer, and pedestrian area if
necessary. They often use it all when biking in groups! The sidewalk
placement and location for recycling bins could reduce the area a lot.
Thanks in advance for clarifying the design.
Patti fry
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Received on Thu Feb 25 2016 - 11:57:40 PST

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