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In Support of Bicycle Lanes on ECR

From: domainremoved <Bill>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 15:28:45 -0700

Dear City Council and City Staff:

Let's move Menlo Park forward and reaffirm the overwhelming show of
support from last August's Council meeting for buffered bicycle lanes on
El Camino Real.

Our section of El Camino Real in Menlo Park is a shopping district, and
an important connector for many short trips throughout the City. It is
also an ugly, dangerous swath of pavement in its current state that
divides our City. It must be made safe and accessible for all modes of
transport, not just for the primarily single occupant automobile. If we
can encourage some of 60% of the public that studies indicate may try
bicycling if for safer infrastructure, we can reduce congestion and
provide more breathing room for all users.

We know from the experience of many other cities that removing parking
on ECR in favor of buffered bicycle lanes will serve to calm traffic,
create safer conditions for all users both along the corridor and
crossing the corridor, and help connect the 60+ merchants to a wider
shopping audience that may choose to arrive by foot or bicycle, and not
just by automobile. As noted by our consultant in the ECR study, these
benefits can be realized without increasing traffic congestion.

We need to move forward and prepare for Menlo Park's changing
demographic now, a generation that wants alternatives to the automobile,
and desires a healthy community in which to raise their children. We
have nothing to gain by waiting on adjacent cities with different
agendas and no urgency. We are way behind Palo Alto in caring for our
bicycling and pedestrian public. We have a great opportunity to catch up.

I urge the City Council to move the buffered bicycle lane alternative
along ECR forward without delay.

Sincerely,

Bill Kirsch
Chair, Menlo Park Bicycle Commission
Received on Tue May 03 2016 - 15:35:05 PDT

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