Menlo Park has released the final version of a report on the El Camino Real corridor, which is scheduled to be the topic of an Aug. 25 City Council study session.
The full report plus all its appendices and a one-page summary are on the city's website.
The study looks at a 1.3-mile stretch of El Camino between Sand Hill Road and Encinal Avenue within the city of Menlo Park.
The study lists a number of changes that could make El Camino Real safer, and considers three alternatives for the street: six vehicle lanes; four lanes with bike lanes buffered by painted lines; and four lanes with bike lanes protected by 3-foot-wide curbs or planters.
The study looks at what effects the three alternatives would have on the amount of traffic and the amount of time it takes to get through Menlo Park, as well as their effects on traffic at nine intersections on El Camino. It also considers how each alternative would affect bicyclists, pedestrians, aesthetics, parking and trees.
One of the more interesting results in the report is the conclusion of traffic studies that adding a third traffic lane to parts of El Camino that now have only two lanes for autos would actually increase travel times.
Public Works Director Jesse Quirion said that "adding additional travel lanes does not mean more capacity." Instead, he said, making it appear easier to get through Menlo Park would attract more traffic.