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Safe Routes Program

From: domainremoved <Karen>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:49:39 +0000 (UTC)

 I am a property owner at 1104 Laurel St. I am a pedestrian, public transportation user and driver.  I have searched the Menlo Park website and have been unable to determine exactly what the proposal is for the bike lane between Laurel and Middlefield on Oak Grove.  I have heard pylons will be installed so there will be no parking at any time and I have heard it will be a bike lane like on Laurel with limited no parking times.  If the primary purpose of this project is to ensure safe passage for children coming and going to school, a marked bike lane with no parking during the morning and afternoon hours should be sufficient for the children and still address the needs of the seniors, people with mobility issues, gardeners and service providers.
I understand that parents are concerned about the safety of their kids when they are biking but I wish they would focus not only on the need for bike lanes but also the need for their children to know the rules of the road and obey them.   California Vehicle Code states that bicyclists are subject to the same rules and regulations as motorists -  stopping at stop signs/stop lights, signalling when making turns, yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks, riding with the flow of traffic, not texting/checking e-mail while riding.   Additionally they must use lights and reflectors at night.  Alternating between acting as a pedestrian and acting as a vehicle whichever is to the bicyclist's advantage, is dangerous to pedestrians and vehicles as well as the bicyclists themselves.  I have observed enough violations of these rules to think that children are either not aware of them or do not think there are consequences for not following them.
I realize that some parents have encouraged their children to ride on sidewalks because they do not feel that riding in bike lanes or on the street is safe.  However, as a pedestrian, I feel endangered by bicyclists of all ages when they ride on the sidewalks particularly when they come from behind.  Ringing a bell or shouting "on your left" is not enough if you are walking with a dog, small child or elderly person.  
Whether you are a driver, pedestrian or bicylcist, everyone needs to be more considerate and attentive of others and obey the rules that pertain to them.

Karen Rohlfrohlfk_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Tue Apr 18 2017 - 17:59:23 PDT

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