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RE Bikes on El Camino Real

From: domainremoved <Pat>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:35:39 -0800

Council Members:

I frequently shop, eat lunch/dinner, visit a doctor and get my hair done in
Menlo Park. I don't understand why you are trying to keep me out of your

To get downtown, I have to navigate the residential side streets to avoid
the constant congestion on El Camino, which you narrowed to 2 lanes several
years ago.

(Data point to consider: When Palo Alto narrowed Arastradero Road, a main
east/west artery, traffic on Maybell Avenue, a narrow residential street
that's a "safe route to school," increased 24%. Traffic, like water, seeks
the path of least resistance.)

Now you want to put bike lanes on El Camino, even though the Survey Monkey
survey showed that 61% of 309 respondents "regularly bike on El Camino." Yet
of those 61%, "39% almost never bike."

Just how reliable is that survey?

The only place I can imagine you would put bike lanes would be in the
existing parking spots on El Camino, which brings me to the second problem:
finding a parking place. The lots are often full and the side streets off
Oak Grove have time-limited parking. Even when I want to use the pay lot, it
can be tough to find an empty space.

You apparently like the idea of giving parking spots to restaurants so
people can eat on Santa Cruz Avenue. Mountain View made this swap on Castro
Street a long time ago. The last time I went to Castro, it took me 20
minutes (from the time I made the turn from Central on to Castro) to find a
parking spot - 5 blocks south of Castro on a residential street.

Now that Mountain View and Palo Alto are on my do-not-go-there list, I guess
you want me to cross off Menlo Park as well. That would be a shame, because
there are lots of nice shops and restaurants downtown.

Why not provide safe bike routes off El Camino? Wouldn't it be better/safer
for everyone if cyclists had bike paths on less-congested streets?

I'd hate to give up on Menlo Park, but if it gets to be as "vibrant" as
University Ave. in Palo Alto or Castro Street in Mountain View, it just
won't be worth the frustration.

Thanks for listening,

            Pat Marriott

PS: A note on public transit:


Bay Area transit ridership down despite subsidies, enticements

By <http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/matier-ross/> Matier & Ross

February 6, 2015 Updated: February 7, 2015 6:20pm

Despite tens of billions of dollars in government subsidies and countless
incentives, the percentage of Bay Area commuters taking mass transit hasn't
gone up a bit in more than two decades - in fact, it's declined.

A new study by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission found that while
ridership has hit record numbers on BART and Caltrain as the Bay Area's
population has grown, per capita usage of transit has dropped 14 percent
since 1991.
Received on Mon Feb 16 2015 - 20:30:12 PST

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