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Letter: Where was bike in commuter story?

Original post made on Aug 6, 2008

In the July 16 edition, Rory Brown, Almanac staff writer, wrote an expose of sorts about Menlo Park's public transportation system. At the end of the article, he announced proudly his "dependence" on the conveniences of a car, and that he would be returning to driving it, citing that the public transportation system was too stressful.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Thinking Cap On
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Aug 6, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Uh, Christina, I think you may have missed the point of the exercise. Let's just think about this: the reporter wants to find out how well public transit on the Peninsula -- the train and the buses that connect with it -- serves the public. "The public," keep in mind, includes not only able-bodied folks like Mr. Brown, but the elderly, infirm, blind and disabled. Also, people who might not own bikes or might not feel safe on them in congested traffic situations.

The reporter stated his intentions clearly: find out how a person with "no car, no ride and no bike" -- for whatever reason -- would fare getting somewhere not very close to a train station if he started or ended journey on the train. This is a reasonable and valuable enterprise. Your criticism is bizarre.


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Posted by PA resident
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm

A bicycle may or may not have helped, but since this reporter has what could be called a reverse commute, he may have had an easier time on the trains with his bicycle. But, I know of one business person who has a coworker who rides a bike every day and because there are no shower facilities at the place of work, this coworker is really smelly and not very popular!!


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Posted by BeetleNut
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Aug 9, 2008 at 1:26 am



Ms. Robinson - According to you, "all scientists" agree on the effects of global warming. That statement is completely absurd. If did any research at all, you'd know that many scientists disagree on the effects and causes of global warming....or if global warming even exists.




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