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Oak Grove / downtown bike lane trial

From: domainremoved <Sylvia>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 22:45:00 -0700


To Menlo Park City Council:

I am writing in continued support of the bike lane trial for Oak Grove and
downtown. Regrettably, I was out of town at your recent meeting and not
able to attend to give public comment in person.

The recent Silicon Valley Bike Vision report shows many of our neighbors
are becoming more and more bike friendly. Indeed, on my bike commute
through Palo Alto, I see hoards of kids biking to school on well-marked

In Menlo Park, the bike lane on Laurel St (where I live) is also well-used
by parents and kids going to school. Adding more bike lanes will surely
enable and encourage more folks to use bikes as a mode of transit to
school, which means fewer cars dropping off kids, fewer cars needing to
park, fewer cars in long lines of traffic, and happier, healthier kids.

In contrast, parking enables and encourages cars as a primary mode of
transit, and makes it markedly less safe for cyclists.

The ability to park anywhere is a privilege, not a right, in a city. In
this part of Menlo Park, sidewalks make it safe for pedestrians to a block
or two from their car to where they are going. Handicapped spaces,
prioritized use of off-street private parking spots (like Nativity School's
parking lot, for Nativity events), and a drop-off point separate from
parking can be helpful for those who find it hard to walk a block or two.

Clearly, accommodating all drivers has not been a priority for The Nativity
School, for example -- they have chosen to have outdoor play areas and
greenery rather than a vast parking lot. This makes sense, of course --
they are choosing to use their land to support the children who come to the
school rather than cars. Similarly, the City of Menlo Park can choose to
prioritize supporting those same children by building safe bike lanes.
Those bike lanes become a city-wide asset, additionally enabling anyone
else who wants to commute, run an errand, pay a visit to a friend using a
bike instead of a car.

That same Bike Vision report showed that Menlo Park, unlike its neighbors,
is becoming less friendly to bikes. That is really a shame. The city has
made, at least in name, priorities of Complete Streets and Safe Routes to
School. I urge the Council to follow through on its priorities and move
forward expediently with the bike lane trial.

Thank you.

Sylvia Smullin
Received on Wed Apr 05 2017 - 22:51:28 PDT

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