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Please move forward with Oak Grove Bicycle pilot

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:43:46 -0700

Dear Mayor Keith and Council Members,

I am a member of the Transportation Commission, but I am writing as an
individual, urging you to move forward with the Oak Grove pilot.

This project helps advance the city's policies for complete streets
supporting safe and convenient travel for all users, including pedestrians,
bicyclists, and motorists.

The project supports our goals for Safe Routes for children to travel to
school and other activities. Safety issues are particularly important for
school children. According to the San Mateo County Health System, 39% of
all bike and pedestrian collisions in San Mateo County happen within a
quarter mile of a school. This project will serve not only many students
on their way to and from school but for many others as well.

In many cities around the country, businesses have experienced financial
benefits after making city streets safer and more appealing for cycling:
http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/03/the-complete-business-case-for-converting-street-parking-into-bike-lanes/387595/

City Council recently bolstered its support for Complete Streets by merging
the Bicycle and Transportation Commissions into a Complete Streets
Commission. I hope this pilot is the first of many projects supported by
Council to make our streets safer for all users.

Additionally, this project will support Menlo Park's climate goals. In
Menlo Park and California as a whole, transportation is the largest source
of greenhouse gas emissions. This project will help residents take short
local trips with less driving, helping reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

This is a pilot, and can be refined based on experience and feedback.
Please take this advantage to move forward in the interest of kids,
climate, and a livable city.

Sincerely,
- Adina
Adina Levin
Menlo Park
Received on Tue Apr 18 2017 - 14:49:24 PDT

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