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Re: Ideas for Menlo Park Bike Commission

From: domainremoved <dana>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:16:57 -0700

So why not trial Alternative 1 so we have real data?

All your points are simply personal opinions which may or may not be shared
by most of residents.

A trial would either support your beliefs or not?

What's the risk?

Dana



On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM, Bill Kirsch <bill_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> 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)
> 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 - 17:12:44 PDT

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