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El Camino bike lane

From: domainremoved <Bob>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 19:03:50 -0600

Honorable Councilmembers,

It feels strange to say that I've lived in Menlo Park for over twenty
years, but the calendar tells me it's true. In that time, I've seen many
proposals for bicycle facilities put forward, and every proposal seems to
draw the same responses, from the same circles. "There aren't enough
cyclists to make it worthwhile," "The proposal isn't safe," "Why can't they
just ride an extra mile or two?"

Almost invariably, these objections come from people who do not use the
existing bicycle facilities and would not use them if they were available.

The arguments that additional travel distances don't matter is particularly
tendentious. An additional quarter mile to access a lane often become a
quarter mile to return. That half-mile on the outbound trip becomes a full
mile on a round trip. And that mile is enough for someone who might have
ridden to choose a car instead.

When the city changed traffic patterns at Ravenswood and Alma, the same
people who argue that adding distance to tripes doesn't matter were
incensed. They thought nothing of asking a cyclist or pedestrian to travel
an extra mile, but when asked to drive an extra half-mile, they started
making u-turns on grade crossings. The Council decided the extra travel was
too much to ask of drivers. It should apply the same standard to cyclists.

Bob English
Menlo Park, CA
Received on Mon May 02 2016 - 18:10:06 PDT

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