Facebook unveils bike plan Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm
Making the streets of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto safer for bicyclists has hit the top of Facebook's community "to do" list. Photo: Members of the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition ride their bikes Monday on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 10:32 AM
Posted by Bike woman, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Jan 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm
Someone call spin control. Adina Levin and Andrew Boone have been organizing bike rallies and people for weeks, asking Facebook to complete the Bay Trail. Then they get their names in the paper and a pat on the back, and their big accomplishment is Facebook commiting to doing a survey, and putting the financial burden on the City and Caltrain to make improvements. Thanks for the stellar advocacy guys.
Posted by Richard Masoner, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Jan 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm
The tunnel runs underneath Bayfront from the Facebook campus to behind the little trip mall on the corner of Hamilton & Willow. It's fenced off but I've seen homeless people camped out by the tunnel entry.
Posted by Adina, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm
To bike woman:
Facebook said in the story that they plan to make "significant investments" in improving bike routes to Facebook, over and above the existing work that Facebook has *funded* to restripe Willow and reopen the bike/ped tunnel under 84.
Also, on January 12, John Tenanes told the Menlo Park Planning commission that Facebook is issuing a challenge to Silicon Valley employers to join them in contributing financially to filling the gap in the Bay Trail.
I seriously doubt that Facebook would invite a front page story in the newspaper, and have an exec discuss their goal for for the Bay Trail, if all they were going to do was to "create a survey for employees." I believe that Facebook is seriously and sincerely committed to alternative transportation, including cycling, because it helps them achieve their own goals.
When the Facebook campus is built out, they will have parking for only about half their employees. Facebook will face penalties from Menlo Park if they go above the trip cap in the EIR/development agreement. Facebook had over 40% of their employees get to work without driving alone in Palo Alto. They didn't do this just by creating a survey - but by using surveys and many other tools to create and communicate programs that help employees get to work without driving.
Also, with regard to "burden Caltrain" - I have called in public meetings for Facebook to open shuttles to/from Caltrain to the public, much like the stanford Marguerite service. And when Facebook riders take Caltrain, that helps Caltrain's bottom line. Caltrain's ridership has been going up, and their financial performance has been improving.