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From: domainremoved <Bianca>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:32:11 -0800

Dear Mayor Cline and Members of Council,

I am writing to you to express my strong support for the Oak
Grove-University Drive bicycle corridor. This project will do so much to
make our streets safer and more comfortable for the many residents, and
especially our students, who ride their bikes through town. And it is a
strong example of Menlo Park's commitment to a Complete Streets Policy to
make our streets safe for all users. Multiple studies have shown that bike
lanes are great for local merchants, and I believe this will hold true in
Menlo Park as well- many of the reasons people go downtown can be
accomplished easily on a bike, if people feel they have a safe and
comfortable route. Given the large numbers of students that ride to both
Hillview and M-A, this route is very important for creating safer streets
for our kids.

While I fully support this project, I do have some concerns about the
sharrows on Crane Street. I understand that staff is attempting to strike
a balance between creating a comfortable environment for people who ride
bikes and preserving parking. But I am concerned about the parking spaces
immediately adjacent to the driveways for Plazas 5 and 6. A car parked in
one of those spaces creates line of sight problems- bicyclists are not
visible alongside a parked car, nor can they see cars pulling out,
 particularly when turning left out of the plazas, until they are already
in very close quarters. I hope that, as with other pilot projects, the
City is open to making interim adjustments if safety concerns arise.

Finally, I would like to thank Council for acting to improve safety on such
a critical corridor.


Bianca Walser
Received on Tue Dec 06 2016 - 16:36:45 PST

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