Atherton gives go-ahead to new bike routes


The Atherton City Council has unanimously approved plans for the first phase of the town's Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan, designating some streets as shared bike and auto routes.

While streets won't get any wider, Atherton officials say they hope that putting up signs and pavement markings designating the streets as bike routes will make them safer.

The routes are meant to help guide bicyclists, raise motorist awareness and connect existing and future bike routes. It is estimated the project will be completed this winter.

At its Sept. 16 meeting, the council authorized getting bids on the project, which is estimated to cost about $150,000. Signs and pavement markings will be added to the following streets:

● Elena Avenue, between Valparaiso and Atherton avenues.

● Faxon Road, between Barry and Elena avenues.

● Barry Lane, between Faxon Road and Atherton Avenue.

● Selby Lane, between Atherton Avenue and West Selby Lane.

● Dinkelspiel Station Lane, between Watkins and Fair Oaks avenues.

● Austin Avenue, between Atherton Avenue and West Selby Lane.

● Atherton Avenue, between Alameda de las Pulgas and El Camino.

● Fair Oaks Avenue, between El Camino Real and Middlefield Road.

● Alejandra Avenue, between El Camino Real and Emilie Avenue.

● Emilie Avenue, between Alejandra Avenue and Park Lane.

● Park Lane, between Emilie Avenue and Camino al Lago.

● Camino al Lago, between Park Lane and Alameda de las Pulgas.

● Watkins Avenue, between El Camino Real and Middlefield Road.

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Posted by Evan I.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm

At last, we are considering bicycle safety on our streets. As a bike commuter, I haven't felt safe in years, and avoid ECR like the plague. A safe north-south route would be most welcome.

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Posted by safety first
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

i am delighted to see that something is being down about bike safety. so i wonder about the approval of bicycle traffic on Barry Lane. it is so narrow and combined with the even narrower bridge, it is barely safe for automobiles. if i were on my bike, it is the last place i would want to be and i fear a tragedy in the future.

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Posted by Bam!
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

This is a "feel-good" plan that will produce serious negative consequences. How on earth does defacing our quiet streets by painting stripes and posting signs change the fact that these routes will not become wider and safer because most of the listed streets are and will remain barely one lane each way. Couple that with the fact that safety-conscious pedestrians walk on the left facing traffic while bicyclists ride on the right and have always had an "attitude". Many pedestrian have dogs on a leash or are pushing various types of baby carriages. Now they will all acquire a higher degree of false security. Cars, bikes and pedestrians have co-existed for decades on the streets of Atherton without government interference. There have rarely been any accidents except on ECR. This entire foolish, expensive plan is a huge, dangerous mistake! Bam!

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm

The most dangerous parts of walking or riding in Atherton is 1. High car speeds and 2. Heavy traffic during morning and evening commutes. #2 is being exacerbated by an increasing number of folks using Atheton streets to avoid congestion on alameda, el Camino, sand hill, etc.

The town should take a close look at mitigating non-resident traffic and reducing speeds.

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