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FW: suggestion for guiding principles

From: Murphy, Justin I C <"Murphy,>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:37:44 -0800

Mayor Carlton and Council,
Here is one comment regarding Agenda Item F5 on tonight’s agenda for your consideration. The email below was sent to connectmenlo_at_(domainremoved)
Justin Murphy
Community Development Department
(650) 330-6725

From: Ellen Barton [mailto:ebarton_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 11:00 AM
To: _connectmenlo
Subject: suggestion for guiding principles

I would suggest the following edit for consideration in the update of the guiding principles for the general plan:

Healthy Community
Everyone in Menlo Park enjoys walking and bicycling to some daily destinations such as schools, transit, and public services. Fresh food, medical services, employment, and recreational facilities are comfortably accessible by active modes. Land owners and occupants take pride in the appearance of property; the City enforces codes and prioritizes improvements that promote safety and healthy living; and the entire city is well-served by emergency services and community policing.

Some reasons for these suggested edits:

1. By re-phrasing from "can..." to "enjoys...", the city recognizes that a significant percentage of short trips are needlessly conducted by car and that there is a role for encouragement as well as infrastructure in shifting those modes.
2. Schools are an important daily destination to specifically identify because the school trip represents a significant traffic generator during peak hour(s).
3. Transit is an important daily destination to identify as a significant traffic generator during peak hour(s). Possibly by specifically calling out transit, the city will take advantage of opportunities to influence improvements in bus service, a currently under-used, under-designed, and under-marketed service in the city and the region.
4. By adding the words "comfortably accessible" the city acknowledges the need to meet more than the minimum standards of "safety" in order to truly realize mode shift by all demographic groups (especially people of means) to active modes. By resisting the use of the word "safety," the statement avoids the implication that active modes are dangerous per se.

Thank you for your consideration and for your good work on this foundational planning document.

Ellen Barton
Active Transportation Coordinator

County of San Mateo
Office of Sustainability
400 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063-1646
650-599-1420 T
650-361-8227 F


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