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Item H1 - Belle Haven Traffic Management Plan

From: domainremoved <Jen>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:24:29 -0700

Dear City Council Members,

I just returned from a long bike ride through the Bayside area of Menlo
Park. Here are some thoughts/questions as they relate to kids/teenagers
that may be traveling to/from school on bike and foot:

The up to 50 bulb outs/curb extensions should have three main benefits to
pedestrians:

   1. Help reduce the crossing distance across roads. This is especially
   important for kids and seniors.
   2. Improve cross traffic visibility for those crossing since they jet
   into the street.
   3. Calm traffic because they provide a visual (and literal) obstacle in
   the street that will cause cars to slow down. According to the data, the
   85th percentile speeds along Chilco between Hamilton and Ivy are 29 miles
   per hour. The chance of a pedestrian being killed in a vehicular collision
   goes from 1 in 10 when cars are traveling 20 mph to 4 in 10 when cars are
   traveling 30 mph. (
   http://visionzeronetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Speed-graphic.png
   )

While the bulb outs/curb extensions require some parking removal, please
carefully weigh the inconvenience to residents who need to park with the
safety benefits. The bulb outs/curb extensions appear to be designed for
the safety and benefit of those who live in the neighborhood.

The triangle of Belle Haven is a lovely neighborhood and should be treated
as such. The welcoming gateways are a great way to remind visitors to the
neighborhood to be mindful of their driving and biking behavior if/when
passing through. To that end, I would suggest that the gateways serve to
remind both drivers and cyclists...and be deigned at both car and bike
scale. Perhaps a reminder to cyclists to stop at stop signs would be
appropriate.

While I understand the frustration that Belle Haven residents feel when
having to wait for no reason when needing to make a right turn from
Hamilton to Willow Road, I would like to propose a third possible solution
to this corner. The proposed change to "no right turn when bikes are
present" is problematic for cyclists and pedestrians and could result in
"right hooks". Instead, please consider a pedestrian/cyclist activated
"Blank Out Sign" at this location. This device would serve the best of all
worlds. Cars could continue making right turns unless a cyclist or a
pedestrian needed to cross - the electronic sign would take care of
managing this. This is the same type of sign used in Palo Alto near the
train station and at the Homer tunnel.

It is important that the perspective of kids and teenagers traveling on
foot and bike to/from Belle Haven Elementary, M-A, Mid Pen, TIDE, Beechwood
and other schools are thoroughly considered. That being said, I will
obviously defer to those who live in the neighborhood to let you know what
works best.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jen
-- 
*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
www.parents4saferoutes.org
jen_at_(domainremoved)415.710.5838
Received on Tue Apr 16 2019 - 14:19:51 PDT

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