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Fwd: Re: Middle Avenue bike lane proposal

From: domainremoved <Robert>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2019 21:50:27 -0700

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Subject: Re: Middle Avenue bike lane proposal
Date: Mon, 20 May 2019 12:43:35 -0700
From: Robert Cronin <rhcronin_at_(domainremoved)
To: Steve Schmidt <menloparksteve_at_(domainremoved)

Council members,

I reviewed the plans shown on the city's document. My opinions below.

1. I don't like 2-way bike lanes on principle. It seems to me that they
violate rules of the road, and cause bikes to be in unexpected places
and moving in an unexpected direction. Some adults could be expected to
exercise caution at intersections and driveways, but few kids, I fear.

2. I considered N/E-bound and S/W-bound bikes separately. N/E-bound
bikes are shown as having bollard-protected, buffered bike lanes from
Olive to Arbor. I would be okay with this if the bollards were removed.
I'm fine with the buffer, but the bollards prevent cars from merging
into the bike lane to make right turns, leading to right hooks. Between
Olive and Arbor there are six intersections where right turns are
possible, and numerous driveways. At Nealon Park, how are N/E-bound
cyclists expected to transition to the 2-way bike land on the other side
of the street? Stop sign? Signal? These are kids. Will they cross the
street without looking because they don't want to stop?

3. What is the purpose of the short 2-way bike lane between Fremont and

4. N/E-bound cyclists who are uncomfortable with the 2-way lanes face
narrow lanes next to parking. Will there be sharrows?

5. S/W-bound bike travel is somewhat less problematic, but the protected
design still increases chances of right-hook incidents at Arbor,
Windsor, San Mateo, Hermosa, Cotton, Hobart, and Olive. Also at many

6. I would prefer that the N/E-bound bike lane continue to ECR. The last
block would be a pocket lane to the left of the right-turn-only lane.

Robert Cronin

> https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/21624/H2-20190521-CSC-workplan-update-CC
Received on Mon May 20 2019 - 21:46:01 PDT

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