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Improvements to Bike Safety in Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Tanya>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:03:39 +0000

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a 22-year resident of North Fair Oaks and I commute by bicycle daily. I write to express my support for any bicycle safety improvements you can make in the Menlo Park Area, including those outlined in the Menlo Park Bicycle Boulevard proposal. Four years ago I was struck by a hit and run vehicle on Fair Oaks Lane between Middlefield and the railroad tracks. Since that time, I am grateful to see the installation of signs and sharrows for bicyclists in that corridor.

Many bicycle commute paths in Menlo Park are scary for adults and downright treacherous for children. Yet with the population growing, we need to encourage those for whom a bike commute is a possibility to get out of their cars and onto their bikes. This subsector, however, includes children who can conceivably ride to school. Many parents choose to drive their children, adding to the gridlock on our roads, because accommodations for bikes are so poor.

Menlo Park is a leader in so many ways; it makes sense to lead in the area of bicycle safety. City Council, please vote to direct staff to prepare a plan for a one-year trial.

Sincerely,

Tanya Chamberlain
North Fair Oaks Resident, Nativity School Parent, and Stanford University Employee
Received on Tue Apr 12 2016 - 12:09:29 PDT

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