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Fwd: Oak Grove - Congrats!

From: domainremoved <Jen>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2018 22:01:49 -0800

Dear City Council Members,

Below please find an email that I sent a month ago when the Complete
Streets Commission was reviewing the Oak Grove Pilot. As you can see from
my email and from reading the staff report, the results are overwhelmingly
positive. Congrats on such a successful project!

Please do everything you can to not only approve the final installation of
this project, but to find ways to even further improve it. Over half of
greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation in San Mateo County - we
must do everything we can to promote alternatives to single-occupancy
driving. Bike routes that create real Safe Routes to Schools do just that.
Keep going - Oak Grove is just the start!

I also want to point out that November 13th, the same night this item is on
the City Council agenda, is the first of 2 community meetings kicking off
the Safe Routes to School program (one of your Top 6 priorities).
Engineering/infrastructure/road design MUST not only be part of, but the
foundation, of any Safe Routes to School program. This project must go
forward - and even improved upon.

Thank you for your commitment to Safe Routes, the kids of Menlo Park and
the community at large.

*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Jen Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)Date: Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:25 PM
Subject: Oak Grove - Congrats!
To: Chen, Kevin <KChen_at_(domainremoved)Dear Complete Streets Commissioners,
I just finished reviewing the Staff Report for the Oak Grove bike pilot and
I could not be more thrilled:
Based on survey data:
   - 76% of respondents are in favor of making the changes permanent.
   - Over 80% of respondents feel a lot more or somewhat more comfortable
   riding a bike in Menlo Park as a result of the changes.
   - 40% of respondents and 50% of their children ride bikes more often
   because of the changes.
Based on other data:
   - Average bicycle volumes increased substantially in the AM and PM peak
   periods at all locations. Overall there were approximately 37 new AM peak
   period bicyclists each hour and 29 new PM peak period bicyclists.
   - Total collisions along the project corridor declined from 55 to 27
   total including cross streets.
   - During typical use, parking removal did not appear to be a significant
   issue. The parking analysis suggests that people seeking parking generally
   only need to travel one or two additional blocks to find a parking space
It is interesting to note that the main concern about the project, parking,
was not validated with data. In addition, the two business owners who
mentioned that they have few customers did not back up their claims with
data. To really understand the affect on businesses the City would have to
look at sales tax records before and after. While this may be an
interesting exercise, it was not part of the proposed metrics for this
study and it not warranted based on this staff report.
I strongly encourage you to move this project forward for City Council
approval. In addition, I would like you to consider the following add-ons:
   - Have the the bike lanes be 24/7 in front of the church.
   - Encourage Atherton to alter its design at Oak Grove and Middlefield.
   The current multi-use path increases conflicts between pedestrians and
   cyclists and also causes bikes to pop into traffic to cross Middlefield
   once the light turns green. I ride through this intersection to get to my
   home and I find it dangerous. I take the lane and avoid the multi-use path.
   - Not install parking along Oak Grove in front of the new Greenheart
   development. This is City land.
   - Seriously consider removing additional parking on Oak Grove between
   Crane and University, and on University between Oak Grove and Santa Cruz to
   complete the route. Upon looking at the data provided by Alta, I can see
   that the parking utilization on Crane is quite high. University is less so.
   That being said, there is quite a bit of parking available, even in the
   worst case scenario (see attached map) within a block of these locations.
   Furthermore, the only space in the study area that showed an increase in
   collisions was at Crane and Oak Grove - the exact spot that the bike pilot
   comes to an abrupt and awkward end. To make this a true Safe Route to
   School, this project must be extended and connected with the bike lanes on
   Santa Cruz Avenue.
   - Increase enforcement of vehicles stopped in the bike lanes.
   - Properly pave the route. The stretch of Oak Grove between Laurel and
   the train tracks is particularly choppy and in need of attention.
   - Prevent a left turn from westbound Oak Grove to Maloney Street. The
   reason that not that much back up may be happening on El Camino is because
   cars are passing on the right in the bike lane.
Thank you again for making this happen! You should all feel proud to have
gotten such an important project off the ground. We need so many more!
*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes

Received on Thu Nov 08 2018 - 21:59:58 PST

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