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Support for the Oak Grove Bike Boulevard

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:36:38 +0000

Dear City Council Members,
We support the proposed pilot Oak Grove-University-Crane Street bike route for all the reasons stated below in email comments earlier this year. In June, we talked to more than 40 residents, who also supported the project, signing the petition attached.

Currently, 23 merchants in Menlo Park support the Bike Menlo Park Frequent (bike) Rider Card <http://bikemenlopark.weebly.com/merchants.html> project encouraging shopping by bike. Increased local bike riding brings more business to local shops and creates cultural and quality of life benefits.

Improved bike routes can also offset an appreciable amount of vehicle traffic, reducing congestion for everyone, improving our air quality and lowering carbon emissions. For example, if the pilot Oak Grove project offsets just one percent of traffic on Oak Grove, removing 800 cars from the road per day (for 1.5 miles), more than 150 tons of GHGs would be reduced. The savings add up over time and grow as more people use safer new bike lanes.

We share the concerns about sharrows on two small segments of the bike route, noted by several other commenters, and hope to see additional safety improvements over time. For example, the Fire District's concern that the current configuration of Crane Street is narrow presenting challenges for large service vehicles and emergency access through certain sections, could be remedied by removal of on-street parking in some areas (with the vast parking plazas remaining in use). This would also allow for buffered bike lanes instead of sharrows, significantly improving safety for that segment of the bike route as well. Note that buffered bike lanes allow free passage of emergency vehicles, compared to on-street parking, which blocks those vehicles.

We're grateful for the hard work and very careful consideration of Bicycle Commissioners,staff and consultants. Moving forward with the Pilot Oak Grove bike project will bring tremendous and much needed improvements to bike routes in Menlo Park. Please approve this important and well planned project.

Diane Bailey, Executive Director
Menlo Spark

On 1/26/16 4:17 PM, Diane Bailey wrote:
Dear Mayor Cline, Council Members and Commissioners,
I'm writing to express strong support for each of the safe bicycle and scooter elements that will be discussed in your Joint Session this evening. We appreciate the hard work that the Bicycle and Transportation Commissions and staff have done to develop proposals for the Oak Grove and University Drive Bike Boulevards, the e-bike/e-scooter ordinance and bicycle (and pedestrian) safety on Middle Ave.

Safe bike routes like bicycle boulevards and protected lanes are key assets to our community that allow children the independence and healthy exercise to get to school safely by bike. They make our community safer, more appealing and provide amenities to many people who may prefer to ride a bike but will drive instead without safe bike routes. Transportation experts assert that reducing peak traffic by 10% - something a solid set of safe bike routes could achieve - would relieve gridlock. Fewer cars on the road also means improved air quality and lower carbon emissions.

With the growing popularity of ebikes and escooters, we hope to see clarity in where these low speed bikes and scooters can be used and who can ride them. The ebike/escooter ordinance under consideration will help assure safe use and provide helpful guidance on who can use ebikes and escooters and where they can go.

Thank you for working to make Menlo Park a safer place to bike and walk.
Warm regards,

Diane Bailey | Executive Director
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