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In support of bike lanes on El Camino Real

From: Lydia W. Lee <"Lydia>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 18:13:12 -0700

Dear councilmembers,

When I first saw the proposal to put bike lanes on ECR last year, I didn't
think it was such a good idea. "Why can't we have something like Palo
Alto's bike path along the train tracks?" I wondered. "What about all those
driveways and intersections, each fraught with danger?"

However, I've come to see the advantages of proactively retrofitting ECR as
a complete street in anticipation of what it will become. With lively,
mixed-use developments lining the road, it could be an exciting destination
rather than simply the quickest route to get from point A to B. That vision
is already part of the General Plan.

It's true that a bike route along ECR will have to negotiate a lot of
difficult situations with cars. The situation would be closer to urban
biking, instead of suburban biking or even the rural biking we're used to.
However, other cities have implemented design solutions to help bicyclists
and car drivers share the road safely. We wouldn't be going out on a limb
or trying something out that has never been seen before.

Bike lanes along El Camino would signal an important cultural change had
arrived to our town: That as a community, we value sustainability, our
local businesses, and an interesting and diverse future. It would also
signal that we've learned from mistakes that other cities have made in
trying to outbuild their way out of traffic and congestion by adding more
car lanes--only to see traffic worsen. By going forward with a trial of
bike lanes on ECR, you have the chance to do something truly transformative
for the city.

Thank you for your efforts to make Menlo Park a better place.

Lydia Lee
Menlo Park bicycle commissioner
Received on Tue May 03 2016 - 18:19:02 PDT

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