The Menlo Park Planning Commission has continued a study session on how to improve El Camino Real, with a three-lane corridor or separate bike lanes among the options to consider, to April 6.
Three alternatives, plus a "no change" option, will be discussed.
One option would create three traffic lanes in each direction between Encinal and Roble avenues by removing on-street parking and right-turn lanes. The second option would add bike lanes in both directions by narrowing the car lanes and eliminating most on-street parking. The third alternative would create bike lanes physically separated from vehicle traffic by landscaping and curbs; this option would, like the others, remove on-street parking and also right-turn lanes along most of El Camino Real.
The city presented residents with two online surveys and a series of workshops during the past year. Based on the responses, the most desired changes are:
■ Enhanced pedestrian safety and crossings.
■ Inclusion of bike lanes on El Camino Real.
■ More bike parking close to downtown.
■ More landscaping along El Camino Real (providing buffers between pedestrians or bicyclists and vehicles).
■ Timing traffic signals to favor continuous north-south flow on El Camino Real.
Least desirable changes, based on the surveys:
■ More convenient on-street parking on El Camino Real.
■ Higher travel speeds on El Camino Real.
■ Lower travel speeds on El Camino Real.
Review the complete agenda and associated staff reports here.
Initially scheduled for March 23, the study session was rescheduled due to several commissioners being unable to attend, according to Senior Planner Thomas Rogers.
Tonight's meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. It will be streamed live online via the city's website.