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From: domainremoved <Realtorrick>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:29:06 -0800

Dear Council members,

I will be unable to attend the meeting Thursday evening dealing with the proposals, but would like to register my opinion. I am a 66 year old bike rider with 60 years of two wheeled experience.
> It is shocking to me that these traffic changes that are taking place along the Peninsula appear to be a sly effort to strangle auto traffic to the point that it is no longer a viable form of transit. The El Monte, Foot Hill Expressway lane reduction in Los Altos, the Arastadero lane reduction in Palo Alto, the absolute nutty traffic light coordination from Sand Hill-280, to Stanford Shopping center, the Valley Transit Authority proposed lane reduction along El Camino from San Jose to Mountain View. These traffic changes seem to be a coordinated effort to force us from our cars. I always thought that our gas taxes paid for our highways, and if so then it should follow that the highways main purpose should be auto traffic. As a long time biker I would much rather ride a peaceful trail near the railroad tracks, or on the very wide, underutilized stretch of Alma north of the San Francisquito Creek. If anything El CAMINO needs two more lanes, not two less.

Rick Howard-Smith
Received on Wed Feb 18 2015 - 12:24:12 PST

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