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

From: domainremoved <Pat>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:37:12 -0700

 On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:05 PM, Emma Shlaes

As many of you know, the Menlo Park City Council approved the idea to
rename the San Mateo Dr. Bike/Ped Bridge in honor of Mike Harding. Palo
Alto also has to agree to this renaming.

I have spoken to staff with the City of Palo Alto and I have been advised
that if you would like to send a letter in support of this, you should send
it to the City Manager, Jim Keene, as well as City Council. Typically the
Council takes on naming local places and spaces and the Historical
Resources Board cannot work independently of the Council.

Palo Alto City Council: city.council_at_(domainremoved)
City Manager, Jim Keene: james.keene_at_(domainremoved)

You can see attached for our letter to Menlo Park and we will be drafting
another for Palo Alto. If the council receives a lot of letters, they will
be motivated to put this on the agenda as Menlo Park did.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Emma Shlaes
Advocacy Coordinator
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
1922 The Alameda, Suite 420
San Jose, CA  95126
*Office: 408-287-7259 Ext. 228*
*Cell: 650-703-1191http://bikesiliconvalley.org 
<http://bikesiliconvalley.org/>I will forward on SVBC letter if 
requested.pat *
On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:25:25 PM UTC-8, Pat Giorni wrote:
> You can watch the  MP Council hearing:
> http://menlopark.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1128
> starts at 00:20:50 to 00:46:50
> and read:
> http://almanacnews.com/news/2014/02/12/menlo-park-council-takes-first-step-toward-renaming-bridge-after-mike-harding
> pat
> 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 Tue Mar 18 2014 - 14:36:13 PDT

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