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Re: Ideas for Menlo Park Bike Commission

From: domainremoved <dana>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:39:52 -0700

Bill:

I believe we both prize bike, driver and pedestrian safety and consider it
more important than convenience; we simply do not yet agree on the best
solution for ECR.

If the bike consultant who helped both Menlo Park and Palo Alto plan their
bike networks said that including ECR in the MP bike network would be
significantly safer or at least as safe as the existing and planned bike
plan alternatives I would accept their assessment.

I still would want to trial Alternative 1 to see what would actually happen
to vehicle traffic. I have had too many experiences with expert forecasts
and projection that were way of the mark to simply accept what a consultant
has modeled. This decision is too big; especially when the ACTUAL impact of
the Greenheart and Stanford developments will not be known for several
years.

Armed with a cyclist safety assessment by a well-respected expert and the
results of a field trial of Alternative 1 our city council would be in the
best position to make the best decisions. Agree?

Dana Hendrickson

Best regards,

Dana Hendrickson



On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 3:20 PM, Bill Kirsch <bill_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Dana-
>
> These are all great ideas and I appreciate your time and energy developing
> them. All will be discussed and considered (some are already in progress,
> like pushing our schools to include bicycling education).
>
> My personal goal, as I use the bicycle as my primary day-to-day
> transportation vehicle, is to make using the bicycle everywhere in Menlo
> Park as safe as possible. I also believe that safe cycling infrastructure
> that provides sufficient room on the roads for bicycles and/or protected
> bicycle lanes will be the most effective way to harmonize relationships
> between automobiles and other users of the road.
>
> Thanks again for your attention to the needs of our bicycling public.
>
> Best regards, Bill
>
> Bill Kirsch
> Costella Kirsch
> Direct: 650-462-5790
> Cell: 650-867-5343
>
> 3500 Alameda de las Pulgas, Ste 150
> Menlo Park, CA 94025
> www.costellakirsch.com
>
> On 3/25/15, 11:25 AM, dana hendrickson wrote:
>
> Here are the few ideas I recommend the Bike Commission consider:
>
> 1. Create an easy-to-read downloadable *map *of the MP Bike Network. I
> was surprised to learn we did not have one.
>
> 2. Create a* public forum *on the MP website that enables residents to
> easily get answers to their questions and share information about biking
> (and driving near bikes) in MP and adjacent areas.
>
> This forum would create a broader sense of community for all residents,
> remind them of what is expected of them when they ride and drive, and share
> ideas and safety tips,
>
> We need to diminish the "me versus them" attitudes and behaviors any
> way we can; education is key.
>
> Possible topics:
>
> 1. Safest bike routes from point A to point B.
> 2. Cyclist, driver and pedestrian "rules of the road".
> 3. Civil behavior and courtesies
> 4. Problem spots and recommendations.
> 5. Plans for Bike Network improvements.
> 6. Descriptions and status of current studies, projects, etc.
>
> I believe we have a fine Bike Network that will get even better with the
> support of the Bike Commission, City Council, and ALL residents.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Dana Hendrickson
>
>
>
Received on Wed Mar 25 2015 - 15:35:25 PDT

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