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Fwd: Loading Zone - Not on Menlo Avenue

From: domainremoved <Jen>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:16:54 -0700

Dear City Council Members,

Please see my email below sent to the Complete Streets Commission from
earlier this month. I am grateful for the thoughtful consideration of the
issue 2 times by this commission. Please listen to you own commissioners
and do not put the loading zone on Menlo Ave.

Thank you,
*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
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From: Jen Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)Date: Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 9:14 PM
Subject: Loading Zone - Not on Menlo Avenue
To: <CompleteStreets_at_(domainremoved)Dear Complete Streets Commissioners,
I was at your January 2018 meeting where you opposed Staff's recommendation
to place the Draeger's loading zone on Menlo Avenue. Since then I have been
closely following this project as it relates to safety in our community.
Upon review of the current Staff Report, It appears that the only loading
zone option that both Draegers and the 840 applicant agree on is that which
staff originally proposed - Menlo Avenue. Unfortunately, while that option
may meet the needs of Staff, Draegers and 840 Menlo, it is not in the best
interest of the community.
Below are my comments and questions with regards to putting the loading
zone on Menlo:
   - While both parties have provided a great deal of data, none of them
   show how many cars, bikes and peds currently travel on Menlo Ave during the
   day. Instead, generalizations of "minimal impact on cyclists and
   pedestrians" are cited. How can this be known if we don't know how many
   bikes/peds travel along the stretch of road?
   - The Nelson/Nygaard memo from August 27th cites that 49% of Evelyn
   Street deliveries (those that would be moved to Menlo Ave.) occur between
   12am and 8am. By looking at Figure 3 on page 4, it appears that half of
   those occur between 7am and 8am - a key bike commuting time. Raw data
   should be looked at here to understand the actual number of deliveries for
   each hour during this period.
   - While only 15% of deliveries on Evelyn occur during the peak hour
   (8-9am), estimated to be less than 2 per hour, the hours between 7 and 9am
   represent the highest delivery time in Parking Plaza 4. Looking again at
   the August 27th memo prepared by Nelson/Nygaard, it appears that at least 3
   deliveries are made in the Plaza between 8 and 9am. If the loading zone is
   moved to Menlo Avenue, a location where trucks can easily pull up instead
   of having to navigate through a parking lot, it is easy to see an induced
   demand for this loading zone. I would not be surprised if the trucks that
   currently deliver in Parking Plaza 4 migrate to the Menlo Ave. loading
   zone. It is unlikely once the loading zone moves that all delivery patterns
   will remain constant.
   - If memory serves me right, I seem to remember Draegers saying that
   Pharmaca and other retailer use the loading zone on Evelyn for their own
   deliveries. It is not clear if the 666 deliveries that Nelson/Nygaard
   counted on Evelyn between January 13 and February 14 are Draegers-only, or
   all deliveries. If it is the former, then the impact on the loading zone on
   Menlo (or anywhere) needs to include the other retailer's delivery trucks.
   - In addition to considering the Draegers and non-Draegers trucks that
   would be unloading on Menlo, there may be other vehicles that take
   advantage of this loading zone throughout the day. Ride-share companies
   (Uber, Lyft, etc.) may be drawn to pick-ups and drop-offs at this location,
   further increasing the potential conflicts in this area.
   - While I appreciate both parties' endorsement of a bike lane on Menlo,
   something that is needed, there are a two key flaws with the design. First
   off, the bike lanes are not buffered, they are directly adjacent to the
   loading zone. The risk to a cyclist of getting doored is extremely
   heightened in this design. While we have some areas around town that have
   this type of engineering, they are located next to parked cars, not loading
   zones, and are sub-optimal themselves. Given that our City has adopted
   Complete Streets and Vision Zero, we should be designing our streets to
   optimize safety. The second issue is that the bike lanes would  not
   exist/disappear on the other side of Evelyn. We are working hard to plug
   gaps in our networks, not design a broken network from the start. Unless
   the parties are willing to organize residents and merchants along the
   entirety of Menlo Ave to remove one side of parking to allow for proper
   bike lanes, then this offer seems extremely self-serving.
   - As stated in the memos, while trucks are unloading on Menlo,
   pedestrians would NOT be able to walk along the sidewalk and would have to
   travel an alternate route. Again, this seems extremely counter to the
   values and goals of the City.
This is a very complicated issue. There is no easy solution. We can all
probably agree that property owners should be able to develop within
reason. We can also understand the need to protect our downtown business
owners, especially one that is such a part of our community. And hopefully,
above all, we can all agree that the safety and comfort of our residents
and visitors must be prioritized.
Menlo Avenue is not the right location for this loading zone.
Thank you for your consideration.
*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
Received on Tue Oct 23 2018 - 12:19:01 PDT

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