Menlo Park's transportation issues will get a closer look Tuesday, when the Menlo Park Bicycle Commission, Transportation Commission, and City Council meet for a joint session prior to the council's regular meeting. They will discuss several ideas to promote alternative (non-car) transportation and safety:
● The Oak Grove and University Drive bike boulevard, initially proposed as a pilot by the Bicycle Commission.
● A proposed E-Bike Ordinance, which would allow electric bikes and motorized scooters on existing bike lanes, paths and bridges.
● bike safety on Middle Avenue.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.
Then, at 7 p.m., the City Council will migrate to its chambers at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park for its regular meeting. The council may:
● Adopt an ordinance to join Peninsula Clean Energy. The community choice energy program would give Menlo Park residents the option to get clean electricity at prices comparable to PG&E.
● Adopt an ordinance establishing new regulations about water conservation for new or renovated landscapes, following a template laid out by BAWSCA, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.
● Prohibit street parking on Constitution, Independence and Chrysler drives. This would be in advance of plans for the Menlo Gateway project to install a bicycle route on portions of those roads.
● Approve a tentative agreement for a new labor contract for officers in the Menlo Park Police Department
● Discuss renovations to the City Hall using $565,000 from the city's surplus fund and $25,000 from the city's water fund. Those renovations would include things like creating smaller conference rooms, adding bigger desks for engineers and planners, and some technology upgrades. In all, those renovations are expected to cost nearly $2 million.