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

From: domainremoved <Pat>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:25:25 -0800

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On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:11:41 PM UTC-8, Adina Levin wrote:
> 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.
> http://www.almanacnews.com/print/story/2014/01/08/letter-a-farewell-to-mike-harding
> http://almanacnews.com/news/2014/02/12/menlo-park-council-takes-first-step-toward-renaming-bridge-after-mike-harding
> Thanks,
> Adina Levin
> 1015 Fremont Street
> Menlo Park
Received on Wed Feb 12 2014 - 13:25:04 PST

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