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Re: RE Bikes on El Camino Real

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:56:46 -0800

Hello Pat,

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)
wrote:

> 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 Monday, February 16, 2015, Pat Marriott <patmarriott_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Council Members:
>
> I frequently shop, eat lunch/dinner, visit a doctor and get my hair done
> in Menlo Park. I don’t understand why you are trying to keep me out of your
> city.
>
> To get downtown, I have to navigate the residential side streets to avoid
> the constant congestion on El Camino, which you narrowed to 2 lanes several
> years ago.
>
> (Data point to consider: When Palo Alto narrowed Arastradero Road, a main
> east/west artery, *traffic on Maybell Avenue, a narrow residential street
> that’s a “safe route to school,” increased 24%.* Traffic, like water,
> seeks the path of least resistance.)
>
> Now you want to put bike lanes on El Camino, even though the Survey Monkey
> survey showed that 61% of 309 respondents “regularly bike on El Camino.”
> Yet *of those 61%,* “39% almost never bike.”
>
> Just how reliable is that survey?
>
> The only place I can imagine you would put bike lanes would be in the
> existing parking spots on El Camino, which brings me to the second problem:
> finding a parking place. The lots are often full and the side streets off
> Oak Grove have time-limited parking. Even when I want to use the pay lot,
> it can be tough to find an empty space.
>
> You apparently like the idea of giving parking spots to restaurants so
> people can eat *on* Santa Cruz Avenue. Mountain View made this swap on
> Castro Street a long time ago. The last time I went to Castro, it took me *20
> minutes* (from the time I made the turn from Central on to Castro) to
> find a parking spot – 5 blocks south of Castro on a residential street.
>
> Now that Mountain View and Palo Alto are on my do-not-go-there list, I
> guess you want me to cross off Menlo Park as well. That would be a shame,
> because there are lots of nice shops and restaurants downtown.
>
> Why not provide safe bike routes *off* El Camino? Wouldn’t it be
> better/safer for everyone if cyclists had bike paths on less-congested
> streets?
>
> I’d hate to give up on Menlo Park, but if it gets to be as “vibrant” as
> University Ave. in Palo Alto or Castro Street in Mountain View, it just
> won’t be worth the frustration.
>
> Thanks for listening,
>
> Pat Marriott
>
> PS: A note on public transit:
>
>
> http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Bay-Area-transit-ridership-down-despite-6067836.php
>
> *Bay Area transit ridership down despite subsidies, enticements*
>
> By Matier & Ross <http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/matier-ross/>
>
> February 6, 2015 Updated: February 7, 2015 6:20pm
>
> Despite tens of billions of dollars in government subsidies and countless
> incentives, the percentage of Bay Area commuters taking mass transit hasn’t
> gone up a bit in more than two decades — in fact, it’s declined.
>
> A new study by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission found that while
> ridership has hit record numbers on BART and Caltrain as the Bay Area’s
> population has grown, per capita usage of transit has dropped 14 percent
> since 1991.
>
Received on Mon Feb 16 2015 - 20:51:21 PST

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