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Re: extending free parking times limits downtown

From: domainremoved <Bill>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:40:57 -0700

Dear City Council Members:

Thank you for your tireless service to our community. Your devotion to
the job is much appreciated.

I'd like to weigh in on what I think is a terrible idea for Menlo Park-
extending free car parking downtown. It will encourage more people to
drive automobiles downtown, but those folks will find less parking
available, as spaces are occupied longer with empty cars, and with local
retail workers who can now park for free for longer periods, and will be
inclined to park in these three hour zones.

What we should be doing instead is to make bicycling downtown safer and
more convenient, with buffered bike lanes and more adequate bicycle
parking downtown. I'm guessing most shoppers are visiting from our
community, and many of them may be willing to leave their car at home if
bicycling downtown was safer and more pleasant. With increased
congestion, mandates for carbon reduction, a younger population and more
families moving to Menlo Park, this should be our future direction.

Let's encourage our citizens to try healthy transportation options,
especially to the already automobile-impacted downtown shopping area.
Many other communities in California and around the country have added
safe bicycling infrastructure to their downtown shopping areas, and have
witnessed an increase in retail commerce. I'm sure our transportation
department could provide, or could research, these statistics.

Thank you for considering my input.

Bill Kirsch

Bill Kirsch
Costella Kirsch
Direct:  650-462-5790
Cell:    650-867-5343
3500 Alameda de las Pulgas, Ste 150
Menlo Park, CA  94025
Received on Fri Oct 16 2015 - 15:42:19 PDT

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