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500 El Camino Real - Safe Routes Considerations

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:37:00 -0700

Dear City Council Members (and Stanford),

I am writing to give input on the 500 El Camino Real project from a Safe
Routes perspective. While it is great that a railroad crossing is planned
and a thorough improvement to bike travel on Middle is anticipated*, we
must not forget about the bicyclist experience at the development itself.
Many are touting the crossing/Middle improvements as a Safe Route for
Hillview kids (and others). For this to be a reality, kids must have a safe
way of navigating through the property itself. Dodging cars and/or riding
on sidewalks is not acceptable. Please do not overlook this important
aspect in the design.

I would also like to echo Menlo Park Complete Streets Commissioner, Lydia
Lee's, well-written comments about a potential bike/ped path along the
backside of the project. While this is not a requirement per the Downtown
Specific Plan, to Lydia's points, the alternatives for cyclists are bleak.
Stanford takes great care in developing fabulous biking facilities on its
campus, please consider replicating these efforts at 500 El Camino.

Furthermore, while the feedback given at the last community meeting for
this project indicated a preference for an undercrossing (much like that at
Homer in Palo Alto), from what I've been hearing, an actual undercrossing
at Middle could be longer, darker, lower and less desirable than that at
Homer. If this is indeed true, it calls into question how safe the
undercrossing would be for kids. I have also heard discussions about an
overcrossing that would potentially have even longer ramps than that at
Ringwood and Hwy 101, thus making it a very cumbersome and unlikely (not to
mention unattractive) crossing for many. Because of the uncertainties of
whether we'll have an overcrossing or an undercrossing, and where it could
eventually be located, we must build flexibility into the project so that a
multitude of crossing locations could possibly be considered in the future.
The bike/ped path along the back of the project would give us this
adaptability. Without it, we greatly limit our future possibilities.

I urge you to consider these Safe Routes-related issues vis-a-vis this

Jen Wolosin

P.S. *With regards to Middle Ave., it goes without saying that Parents for
Safe Routes believes only a Class II bike lane (not Class III) would be
acceptable. We are looking forward to the community engagement process on
this to make it a reality.

*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
Received on Mon Sep 25 2017 - 17:42:24 PDT

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