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Santa Cruz Ave redesign - please don't prioritize heritage trees over bicycle safety

From: domainremoved <Andrea>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:50:33 +0000

Dear Council Members,
Thanks so much for investing thought, time and finances into this important project.
While I won't be able to attend the meeting on Tuesday, I do want to take this opportunity to communicate my support of the recommended plan by the Bike Commission (as opposed to the final plan recommended by the staff)
While I understand the desire to protect heritage trees and where possible, the landscaping some homeowners have placed on city property, I think it's a huge mistake to not include a bicycle buffer in areas where heritage trees exist.  The current parking lane, which is almost never used, in essence serves as an important safety buffer between bicyclists and cars. (while we live right off Valparaiso near El Camino, I tell my children that when they're on bikes and need to head West to get to school, etc., that they should ride on Santa Cruz, rather than Valparaiso, because there's a buffer (the parking lane) between them and the cars.  Cars are constantly veering into the bike lane, either to get around other cars or simply because they're not paying attention.
Taking out the parking lane and not replacing it with a buffer for the ENTIRE length of the corridor will be a huge mistake.  As a council,  I can't imagine you value heritage trees over human safety.  However, if you vote for the final recommended plan over the bike commission plan, that's what you'll be doing. I urge you to think about your priorities, and vote for the safer Bike commission plan.  Thank you!
Andrea Luskin
Received on Sun Mar 08 2015 - 12:46:00 PDT

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