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Re: Ideas for Menlo Park Bike Commission

From: domainremoved <Bill>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:38:08 -0700

Dana-

We do disagree on ECR, and I would rather put my trust in consultants
who study traffic for a living.

In my humble opinion, Alternative 1 will doom Menlo Park to an
auto-centric future, will worsen congestion, will invite more auto
traffic (primarily single occupant automobiles) to pollute their way
through our City, will make crossing ECR more dangerous and unattractive
to healthy transportation users, will acacerbate cut-through
neighborhood traffic, and will be a serious blow to moving Menlo Park
toward a more sustainable, multi-modal, inviting, and healthy City, for
both living and work.

Instead, we should trial Alt 2 or Alt 3 and see if benefits are thus
derived.

Best, 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, 3:39 PM, dana hendrickson wrote:
> 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)
> <mailto:bill_at_(domainremoved)
>
> 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 <tel:650-462-5790>
> Cell:650-867-5343 <tel:650-867-5343>
>
> 3500 Alameda de las Pulgas, Ste 150
> Menlo Park, CA 94025
>
> www.costellakirsch.com <http://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 - 16:33:26 PDT

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