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Oak Grove/University/Crane bicycle route pilot

From: domainremoved <Cate>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:00:17 -0800

Menlo Park City Council:

I am writing to express my deep gratitude for the Oak Grove/University/Crane bike route and my hope that the City Council will make it permanent.

My family of 4 uses the bike lanes multiple times each and every day Monday through Friday for school drop-off and pick-up and soccer practices—and again throughout the weekend for trips to downtown, the city’s many parks, and the library.

We try to bike everywhere we can, every day we can, to save time and avoid traffic, but also to reduce our environmental impact on our community and to keep our own bodies healthy.

We know that every time we bike to school or to the library or to the park, we are keeping a car off the street and out of traffic—this is a win-win for everyone and helps those who don’t have the option to bike or walk.

Knowing that there are designated lanes, safe crossings, and visible lane markings makes our biking possible. I would not feel comfortable biking with my children without these measures. In particular:
- The short-lived soft bollards that lined Oak Grove between Laurel and Mills were a wonderful addition and an excellent reminder to cars not to use the bike lane as a passing lane.
- But if these bollards are not an option, the green bike lane paint is such a powerful visual reminder to cars and I would be grateful for it in more places (including along the Valparaiso bike lane).
- Extending the bike lanes so that there is a natural flow from one street to the other (i.e., instead of switching at Crane and at university to “sharrows”) would make this an even safer and more reliable bike route.

Thank you for all you have done to make this 1-year pilot possible. Please make the routes permanent to make it safe for us to continue biking to school, the library, parks, downtown shops, and throughout the city. It’s a win-win for all of Menlo Park!

Many thanks for your consideration,
Catherine Chang
Received on Tue Nov 13 2018 - 09:58:09 PST

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