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Re: plans for El Camino

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:52:26 -0800

Hello Ms. Watson-Semmons,

Thank you for your email.

I thought you would be interested in the following information:

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Nagaya, Nicole H <nhnagaya_at_(domainremoved)

> City Council and Community Members:
> As a point of clarification on the El Camino Real Corridor Study and
> parallel streets the City is currently evaluating alternatives for the
> corridor and the concepts currently include Alternative #1 which provides
> no bike accommodations on El Camino Real, but an alternative, parallel
> route would be developed.
> You can find more information on the Study at the City’s website:
> www.menlopark.org/elcaminorealcorridor. As currently planned, four
> alternatives have been identified:
> · Existing Conditions/No Change
> · Alternative 1: Three continuous vehicle lanes on ECR (no bike
> accommodations on El Camino, but where an alternative, parallel route would
> be developed)
> · Alternative 2: Buffered bike lanes
> · Alternative 3: Separated bike lanes
> These options were identified based on City Council direction that
> required one continuous three lane option and at least one bike lane
> option, with feedback gathered at community workshops in April and October
> 2014, meetings with the Bicycle and Transportation Commission, and an
> online survey open from June to September 2014.
> A community workshop is scheduled for February 19th at 6:30pm in the Oak
> Room at the Arrillaga Recreation Center at 701 Alma Street to review the
> alternatives and provide a forum for public feedback on each. An online
> voting option will also be live at February 19th through March 13th if
> you cannot attend the workshop.
> See meeting details:
> http://menlopark.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=901&month=2&year=2015&day=13&calType=0
> Online voting available February 19th:
> http://menlopark.org/298/Open-City-Hall
> Please let me know if you have any further questions.
> Best,
> Nikki
> Nicole H. Nagaya, P.E.
> Transportation Manager
> City of Menlo Park
> P: 650.330.6781
> e: nhnagaya_at_(domainremoved)
> Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith
Menlo Park Councilmember
And Former Mayor

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Elizabeth Watson-Semmons <

> I am a regular walker and bike rider in Menlo Park
> I have a few comments about plans for the El Camino corridor under
> consideration.
> I look forward to the addition of a bike/pedestrian crossing either over
> or under El Camino and the train tracks near Middle Ave. I often use the
> three tunnels in Palo Alto and the one in Mountain View. I would love to
> have similar access businesses in Menlo Park from my home on Gilbert Ave.
> I believe that if Menlo Park is going to encourage people to leave their
> cars at home and use their bikes, we need access to Palo Alto to the south
> and Redwood City to the north as well as across town between neighborhoods
> on either wide of the rail line and El Camino with safe, designated bike
> paths, lanes, and routes.
> there are 4 bike bridges between Palo Alto and Menlo Park, at San Mateo,
> Alma, Willow Way, and Pope Street. While one can use them to access roads
> in Menlo Park, none of them connect to bike routes or paths across town
> I think a good bike route or path that parallels el camino is a fine idea,
> something similar to the Bryant Street Bike Boulevard that crosses Palo
> Alto from Menlo Park to Mountain View. There is no easy way to ride north
> to south now. Alameda de las Pulgas has a bike lane that crosses Menlo
> Park from Stanford/Palo Alto to Redwood City. It is an upsy downsy road,
> and an uphill ride to access it from El Camino.
> One can continue on San Mateo after crossing the bridge, but only as far
> a Valparaiso when the large school campuses block the way north. A bike
> route behind the Stanford property is not much improvement on the existing
> route on San Mateo.
> From the Willow Way bridge, Laurel goes part way, then one is forced to
> choose between El Camino and Middlefield.
> The Pope Street Bridge connects to Gilbert Ave which dead ends at Santa
> Margarita.
> Bay Road has some possibilities, but, like Alameda, is not close to El
> Camino.
> I don't know how one could create a bike boulevard across town that
> parallels El Camino without going quite far either east or west. It would
> take some construction, I think. Which brings us back to adding a safe
> bike lane on El Camino.
> We do have a functional bridge over 101 which allows access to the east
> and west of town. I cannot speak to those routes as I use them only
> occasionally. Perhaps this route is not part of current planning for El
> Camino.
> Elizabeth Watson-Semmons
> Gilbert Ave, Menlo Park
Received on Sun Feb 15 2015 - 19:47:01 PST

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