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Concerns About The Current El Camino Real Corridor Study

From: domainremoved <dana>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:03:31 -0700

City Council Members & Planning Commissioners:



I would like to share my concerns about the EL Camino Real Corridor Study
and its potential impact on the future safety and convenience of drivers,
cyclists and pedestrians who use El Camino Real and the residents who live
in nearby neighborhoods. The El Camino Real Corridor Study could lead to
Menlo Park deciding to reconfigure vehicle lanes, add either bike lanes or
separate bike paths, and reduce street parking. Unfortunately, the study is
a poor foundation for making well-informed and well-reasoned decisions. It
suffers from both too narrow a scope and questionable methodologies, and so
far both the proposed alternatives and findings have been poorly
communicated to the public. (Enclosed is a short analysis of the study
shortcomings). I urge you to re-evaluate this study and set it on a more
meaningful path.



I believe the study …



*Fails to strongly establish the need* for cyclists to ride on El Camino
Real. While many hardcore cyclists prefer bikes to cars ideology should not
drive the City Council’s decision-making.

*Understates the dangers* to cyclists, drivers and pedestrians of adding
either bike lanes or separate bike paths to a heavily travelled highway
that has about 60 spots where vehicles would naturally cross the paths of
cyclists. And unfortunately, the illusion of safety would encourage
cyclists of all levels to unknowingly and unnecessarily expose themselves
to collisions and accidents. No other Peninsula city encourages riders on
their sections of this highway.

*Understates the negative impact* of encouraging cyclists and drivers to
share this main artery on the flow of vehicle traffic and driver
convenience.

*Understates the greater safety and similar convenience* of encouraging
cyclists to ride bikes near El Camino Real on either existing or planned
bike routes.

My personal objective is simply to have a majority of well-informed
residents make well-reasoned decisions that optimally balance the needs and
wants of all interest groups, and I accept that each might prefer different
alternatives, as we do not share all the same values and ideologies.



Unfortunately, the current study does note provide a meaningful answer to
the most fundamental question: Which design option for El Camino Real
provides the best absolute and relative SAFETY and convenience for the
majority of potential users?



I urge you to consider two actions: a thorough evaluation - performed by a
bike network design specialist like Alta Planning + Design - of how bike
facilities on El Camino would impact the safety of all users, and a field
trial that tests the impact of making El Camino Real three lanes in each
direction for its entire length. Then we would be in a much better position
to make the right choices.



I welcome the opportunity to either explain or clarify any of my points at
your convenience if you feel that would be helpful.



Best regards,





Dana Hendrickson

Editor

Re-Imagine Menlo Park


Received on Thu Apr 02 2015 - 08:59:27 PDT

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