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General Plan Bicycle Priority

From: domainremoved <Steve>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:05:39 -0800

 City Council and Bicycle Commission:

Here is an excerpt from an email blast from Lee Duboc of Menlo Future. It asks her followers to address the Council regarding a policy goal in the General Plan.

“Thanks, Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
p.s. The Council should also eliminate Plan provisions for prioritizing bicycles over cars on Middlefield, Willow Road, Chilco, Haven, Bay Rd, Monte Rosa, Valpariso San Mateo and Hamilton as part of a plan to “improve health, wellness and quality of life through transportation enhancements.” What we need to really prioritize is solving serious transportation issues before limiting our options by prioritizing bikes.”

Upon receiving this email, I went to the General Plan FEIR to identify the specific goal Menlo Future wants eliminated. There were several references the the prioritization of bicycle and pedestrian safety and access measures that are required of new developments

I direct you to Policy CIRC-2.11 on page 4.13-78 which reads:

Design of New Development. Require new development to incorporate new design that prioritizes safe pedestrian and bicycle and accommodates senior citizens, people with mobility challenges, and children.

Perhaps you are receiving emails or comments from supporters of Former Council Member Lee Duboc asking you to eliminate this significant goal of the General Plan Update. I caution you to remember the long term implications of such a decision that will impact both every day cyclists and parents and children seeking safer alternatives to getting around the City.

Steve Schmidt
Received on Tue Nov 15 2016 - 17:10:17 PST

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