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Bike lanes on ECR

From: domainremoved <Simon>
Date: Tue, 03 May 2016 17:20:21 +0000

Greetings MP City Council -

I'm writing in support of buffered bike lanes on El Camino Real. They are
the best option to improve safety, comfort, and usability along a rather
problematic corridor.

Street parking along El Camino is problematic for pedestrians
(unpredictable movements plus poor sight lines), cyclists (door zone
hazard), and drivers passing through (unpredictable movement, slowdowns,
and obstruction). Removing the 156 parking spaces helps all groups, and
Menlo Park is already grossly over-parked downtown.

Improved cycling facilities are generally a case of "If you build it, they
will come" - Bicycle connectivity in Menlo Park is currently a fragmented
mess, and bike routes are often 2x the length of walking or driving routes.
The buffered bike lanes limit points of conflict, and create a space that
is clearly intended for cycling. This will increase the bicycle mode share,
and improve throughput for all users.

The very slight increase in latency between Roble and Encinal (which may or
may not be "real") from buffered bike lanes is worth the safety improvement.

Finally, there are already quite a few people bicycling on El Camino. Some
can't afford any other option (driving is expensive, buses are too slow and
unreliable), some are using El Camino as part of a longer route, and some
may be taking the fastest and most straighforward route from point A to
point B.

We have a great opportunity to improve safety, increase bicycle mode share,
and help prepare Menlo Park for the rest of the 21st century. Let's do it!

Simon Karpen
1010 Noel Drive #10, Menlo Park
Received on Tue May 03 2016 - 10:26:50 PDT

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