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Dedication of San Mateo Bike/Pedestrian Bridge

From: domainremoved <David>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:33:19 -0800

Members of Council,

  My name is David Alfano, and I live on Kenwood Drive. Through multiple appointments from several Menlo Park City Councils, I have been honored to have represented Menlo Park on the C/CAG Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for more than 14 years. For many of those years, I served as the Chairman of that committee. Among other activities, the primary activity of the BPAC has been to evaluate and recommend various bicycle and pedestrian project proposals from all over San Mateo County.

  During my tenure on the BPAC, I have had the privilege of working with the late Mike Harding, subject of tonight's agenda item. I could not possibly over-emphasize the dedication and seriousness Mike brought to his service to the BPAC and hence to the citizens of San Mateo County. As we evaluated project proposals and bicycle/pedestrian issues at the monthly BPAC meetings, Mike always brought insightful commentary to the benefit of the discussion. As I'm sure you are aware, members of public bodies and commissions sometimes come to meetings with varying degrees of readiness for the topics on the agenda. Mike Harding was always fully prepared for the meetings.

  I mention this because of something that the committee may have taken for granted but I found very striking. Whether we were evaluating projects for TDA Article 3 funding, or discussing possible routes to include on our bicycle map, it seemed an unwavering law of nature that no matter where or how obscure the route would be in the County, Mike and another member would have ridden the route and could provide precise details of the route and special features and needs. (The other member would be Robert Cronin, who is probably here tonight as well.) Considering the range of San Mateo County, this is a very substantial undertaking.

  Mike provided this kind of dedication to the cause of cyclists and pedestrians into his 70's. He'd ridden more double centuries than I ever aspire to. I always looked forward to seeing Mike manning a table at the Willow Bike Bridge on Bike To Work Day. In addition to his service to the BPAC, Mike was an active member of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and he worked hard to foster collaboration between the public and private organizations.

  As a part-time bicycle commuter for the last 23 years, I regularly ride over the bicycle/pedestrian bridge at San Mateo Drive, and I'm grateful to Mike and the others that made that beautiful resource available to the commuting public. We've certainly come a long way from the boards over the creek, that led into Ohlone Field. I think it is absolutely fitting that the San Mateo bike bridge be dedicated to Mike Harding. It will stand as a monument to the man who was a pillar of the local cycling community, always ready to serve others. I only regret that Mike won't be here to attend the dedication.


David Alfano
Kenwood Drive
Menlo Park


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