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San Mateo Drive San Francisquito Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge - honoring Mike Harding

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:11:41 -0800

Dear Palo Alto City Council Members,

Last night, Menlo Park City Council took the first step toward honoring
Mike Harding's role in supporting community connections, in person and in
physical infrastructure, by naming the bridge over San Francisquito Creek
at San Mateo Drive after Mike Harding, who was instrumental in getting the
bridge built between Palo Alto and Menlo Park in 1976.

Because the bridge connects Menlo Park and Palo Alto, the naming would need
to also be approved by Palo Alto City Council. I urge you to review and
approve this request. If there are other community members who also
contributed to the creation of this bridge, they should be remembered at
this time as well, perhaps with a plaque recounting the community leaders
who helped create the bridge.

Mike Harding, who recently passed away, was longtime active volunteer in
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, leader in Western Wheelers, and member of
Menlo Park's Bicycle Commission. I knew Mike through the bike community,
but only learned about his role in getting the bridge built when reading
Steve Schmidt's eulogy for him in the Almanac.

I use the bridge often to connect between Menlo Park and Palo Alto. The
bridge is well-used by neighbors on both sides; by the elderly and families
with young children strolling across the creek; by people walking their
dogs; by people on bicycles commuting to work and riding recreationally.
 It is one of our beloved places. Before learning of Mike's role, I had
wondered which people had played a hand in creating this useful and
beautiful infrastructure.

The "Ellen Fletcher Bicycle Boulevard" naming helps those who knew Ellen
Fletcher personally to remember her and helps others who came after her to
learn that the good things in our communities are created by human effort,
and to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of earlier leaders to
continue to work to improve and connect our communities.

Thank you for considering the request that is being forwarded from Menlo
Park City Council. Please take this opportunity to remember and honor Mike
Harding who helped to connect Menlo Park and Palo Alto.



Adina Levin
1015 Fremont Street
Menlo Park
Received on Wed Feb 12 2014 - 12:11:39 PST

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