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El Camino Configuration

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:08:57 -0700

Honorable Council Members,

I want to thank the spandex lobby for forcing their idea of removing parking on El Camino to add bike lanes before the City Council. For many years, and many Councils, fixing the El Camino traffic bottleneck has always been resisted because "we can't afford to lose the parking spaces."

Now, with El Camino parking removal on the table, we should do what is long overdue: Eliminate the El Camino traffic bottleneck in Menlo Park by removing street parking and reconfiguring for three lanes of through-traffic in both directions. Creating a bottleneck by configuring only two lanes for through-traffic for a few blocks in 1985 was a mistake then, and perpetuating it now would also be a serious mistake.

Therefore, I urge Council to do the following:

(1) Relieve the perpetual traffic bottleneck on El Camino by configuring three through-traffic lanes, matching the configuration of our neighboring cities.

(2) Dissolve the Bicycle and Transportation Commissions and replace them with a "Motorist Commission." The new Motorist Commission would review existing impediments to efficient traffic flow throughout Menlo Park, and make recommendations for improvements. The new Motorist Commission would give a voice to residents who drive a car in Menlo Park, and are currently unrepresented before the Council.

Jim Harvey
Cotton Street

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Received on Fri Aug 21 2015 - 05:07:37 PDT

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