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Safe Routes to Work & School

From: domainremoved <Ken>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:43:13 -0700

Dear Council,

I'm writing to advocate for an expanded Safe Routes program that will
increase and upgrade the bike lane infrastructure to encourage
commuters who live nearby (within) 5 miles of either work or school to
ride confidently and safely.

Research at Portland State and U South Florida Urban Transportation Centers
shows that "interested but concerned" commuters are willing to commute in
bike lanes
when they feel safe. *Class IV / protected lanes with a physical
separation from cars*
*makes the difference*. We need to upgrade to Class IV lanes ASAP to get
commuters to switch.

Safe Routes to Work would entail getting employers to map their nearby
employees and the gaps in bike lane infrastructure on the Safe Routes
needed to make the commute safe. It's time Menlo Park was a leader in
Green House Gas emissions reduction.

A public partnership program to encourage employers to fund the expanded
and upgraded bike infrastructure would lighten the city's financial
burden. Please expand the Safe Routes program to include Safe Routes to
Work in cooperation with employers.

We have the perfect climate and flat topology to encourage bike lane
commuting.

If we build Safe Routes, commuters will switch.

Ken Kershner
CEO, Trio
& Resident
678 College Av
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Tue Mar 26 2019 - 12:39:10 PDT

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