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500 ECR Bike Access

From: domainremoved <Jonathan>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:16:23 -0700

Councilmembers,

I am concerned that we are about to approve the 500 ECR development without
a thorough understanding of how it connects to the existing bicycle routes
in Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

The existing plan calls for a single access point to a crossing over or
under the tracks at Middle Ave. This means that those who wish to bike or
walk to Big 5 from the crossing will need travel all the way to El Camino,
walk or bike along a narrow sidewalk and then enter Big 5 via the
driveway. Likewise, those traveling to the offices on the south end of the
site will ride along the El Camino sidewalk crossing multiple driveways.
Stanford claims a 15 foot sidewalk width but the usable width will be less
once street furniture and lighting is installed.

Instead, we should have a landscaped path behind the project that connects
to Big 5, Cambridge Ave, Stanford Park Hotel and eventually to the El
Camino Park path to Stanford and PA Transit Center. Stanford says that
there is not enough space but by removing some of the 148 surface parking
spaces* and moving one of the five garage ramps, a bike/pedestrian path can
easily be accommodated.

This is a pivotal moment for bicycling and overall connectivity of Menlo
Park and the region. We need safe connections to the train crossing to
ensure that we maximize the potential of the project. Please consider this
as you make your decision.

Regards,
Jonathan Weiner

* Term sheet indicates 930 spaces, 16% surface parking = 148.8 spaces
Received on Tue Sep 26 2017 - 17:17:38 PDT

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