What does "pedestrian friendly" mean? And do we care?
I had a sort of negative epiphany the day, crossing El Camino Real at Middle Avenue. At the former Tesla site, I turned my wheelchair north and ran out of sidewalk. I tried squeezing between a light pole and the much lower dirt border. My wheelchair tilted and got stuck. A passing motorist rescued me.
Which speaks well of motorists but not of our badly neglected main thoroughfare. Almost no one strolls along El Camino Real. Development can only change this for the better. With more opportunities to live and work in the general vicinity of the Caltrain station, Menlo Park will see more foot traffic. Which means better footpaths. That is to say, any pedestrian-friendly route, paved or otherwise, suitable for everyone.
Occasionally, I roll my wheelchair from downtown to the home of friends near San Mateo Drive. With homage to Shel Silverstein, "where the sidewalk ends" is unpredictable and seemingly incoherent. Rolling west along Santa Cruz Avenue, I duck in and out of church properties. For the last quarter mile or so I hit the street, bouncing along the pavement.
Is this the pedestrian route along one of our main streets? Is there a pedestrian route?
How do non-motorists approach our "village?" It is, after all, ours.