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Safe Routes to Facebook

Original post made by Adina, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Jan 10, 2012

Facebook has just completed its move to its new Menlo Park headquarters near the base of the Dumbarton bridge.

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Posted by Patti Fry
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Excellent observations and suggestions, Adina!
With Facebook contributing little directly to the city's General Fund, the project approval and related negotiations are an excellent way to secure such enhancements.
Greatly improved bike paths could result from both EIR required mitigation measures and the Davelopment Agreement negotiations. IMO the top priority public benefit for Menlo Park would be new or greatly enhanced bike and pedestrian paths over 101, including the interchanges at Willow (unless a separate new bike/pedestrian bridge). The other connections are desirable, but provide less benefit to the broader Menlo Park community.

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Posted by Adina
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Thanks, Patti.

Willow improvements are important, but they are not enough alone to mitigate traffic to the Facebook Campus, since 40% of Facebook employees live in Palo Alto, Mountain View, and points south (as the data in the EIR shows). These employees also need continuous bike lanes University Avenue in East Palo Alto and completing the missing link in the Bay Trail for more people be able to bike to work.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jan 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I don't know why discussion of the new Ringwood Avenue bike/pedestrian bridge is not coming up here. If you calculate a bicycle route on Google Maps between Menlo Park Caltrain (downtown) and Facebook, it follows Ravenswood Ave/Middlefield/Ringwood Ave/Bike Bridge/Ivy Dr./Willow Rd. (A rather old pedestrian bridge is being replaced with a more bicycle friendly bridge.) This keeps bicyclists off of busy roads for the most part. The only issue I see might be late night security concerns for bicyclists going through Belle Haven, as it is a little "rough" there; something to enhance that security would be good. That would be good for residents also.

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Posted by Adina
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hi, Alan,

Yes, the new Ringwood Bridge is fantastic. However, 40% of Facebook's employees live in Palo Alto, Mountain View, and points south. For these employees, Ringwood is pretty far out of the way, and the Bay Trail and University Avenue are more important routes for them.

- Adina

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

There is an existing underpass underneath Bayfront Expressway at Willow Rd. If you are traveling east on Willow Rd, it is just past the railroad tracks on the left hand side. This connects the present East and future West campuses. Why not open this up now for bikers and pedestrians? It would increase safety at this busy intersection.

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Posted by Adina
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Sam, Facebook is planning to do this. And based on a lot of popular demand for bike and pedestrian facilities they're planning to do it earlier than originally expected, in 2012 if I remember right. Thanks, Facebook!

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