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Fwd: El Camino Lane Configuration Planning

From: domainremoved <Peter>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:26:14 -0800

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> The ONLY safe way to put bicycles on ECR is to establish a Class I pedestrian and bikeway which requires a minimum of 12 ft. on one or both sides of ECR. And the VTA wants a 12 ft lane in each direction exclusively for buses. That would leave room for a total of 2 or 3 car lanes total for both directions. That isn't going to happen.
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> In San Mateo County 1.5% of the daily trips are by bicycle and in Menlo Park it is 3.7% - does it make sense to allocate 15-20% of the ECR capacity to that use?
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> If you want to “get by" with a Class II or Class III bike way then you will be mixing 200 pound bicyclists with 4000 pound cars. It does not make any difference who has the right of way- in this scenario the bicyclist loses. At 40 mph 85% of the pedestrians hit by cars die. Between 2004 and 2008 an average of 217 bicyclists were injured in San Mateo County each year. And between 2004 and 2008 a total of 13 bicyclists were killed in San Mateo County.
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> Peter Carpenter
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Received on Thu Feb 19 2015 - 16:20:57 PST

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