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Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission studies El Camino Real

Does road need three lanes, bike lanes, or no changes?

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will hold a study session tonight (April 6) to consider how to improve El Camino Real. Three alternatives, as well as the option to leave the road as is, will be discussed.

One alternative would create three traffic lanes in each direction between Encinal and Roble avenues. A second option would add bike lanes in both directions by narrowing car lanes. A third design would use landscaping and curbs to create bike lanes separated from vehicle traffic. Each option would entail removing at least some on-street parking and right-turn lanes along El Camino Real.

During a series of workshops and online surveys conducted by the city in the past year, residents indicated they would like to see El Camino Real made safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and better traffic flow. Participants said they don't want to change the speed limits along the city's main corridor or add on-street parking.

Review the complete agenda here.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St., and will be streamed live online.

— Sandy Brundage

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Posted by Susannah
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

It would be good to see safe and appealing bike and pedestrian accommodation on El Camino. Every bike is one less SUV waiting at the red light in front of me.


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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Two lanes each direction plus landscaped separation of a bike lane would not only be attractive but consistent with the two lane restriction on north bound traffic in Palo Alto just south of the Creek bridge as well as another two lane restriction at the Woodside Road overpass.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"the two lane restriction on north bound traffic in Palo Alto just south of the Creek bridge"

Wrong - there are five lanes at that point. One right turn, one left turn and three northbound.


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Posted by frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Re 2 lane restriction on North bound traffic on El Camino, you challenged this before. PLEASE go look. Rhe google map you're looking it is confusing.

Regardless with Facebooks just announced "world's largest open space office" 12 lanes on El Camino won't be enough.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Re 2 lane restriction on North bound traffic on El Camino, you challenged this before. "

Yes I did challenge this because it is factually incorrect. And posting the same factually incorrect information after it has been shown to be wrong is inappropriate.

"PLEASE go look"

I have and there are five lanes at that point. One right turn, one left turn and three northbound.


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Posted by frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm

"And posting the same factually incorrect information after it has been shown to be wrong is inappropriate."

Peter, I couldn't agree more. I'll go look again.


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Posted by googler
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 6, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Near sand hill road, google earth does show 3 through lanes for El Camino. There are two on El Camino near Woodside Rd and near both University and Embarcadero in PA.


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Posted by frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Googler: There are two on El Camino near Woodside Rd and near both University and Embarcadero in PA.

Frugal: two lane restriction on north bound traffic in Palo Alto just south of the Creek bridge.

Thanks for the clarification.

Peter?


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Frugal: two lane restriction on north bound traffic in Palo Alto just south of the Creek bridge."

There are THREE unrestricted northbound thru lanes at this location.


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