Menlo Park: New bike racks installed downtown


Bikers pedaling into downtown Menlo Park now have more spots to lock up their wheels on Santa Cruz Avenue.

Since June, the city of Menlo Park has installed green bike racks to accommodate 54 bikes at four on-street "bike corrals" and 30 bikes on the sidewalks along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park, according to Nikki Nagaya, transportation manager.

The bike racks come in different shapes, including the traditional upside-down "U", a bike shape, and a Menlo Park gate logo.

The "corrals" now occupy previously unused stretches of the street that had been painted in and not allowed for parking.

The project was funded using a $347,860 grant for bike-related infrastructure projects from the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, about $20,000 of which was expected to be used for the bike racks, according to a staff report.

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Posted by Gertrude
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Great news about the bike racks! I wish that bikers would observe the no riding bikes on the downtown sidewalks rule. There are signs posted along downtown Santa Cruz Ave. but many don't care and expect pedestrians to move out of their way. I wish the police would enforce this rule.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Menlo Park is slowly chasing Palo Alto on encouraging people to visit downtown without driving their car. Palo Alto has had big bicycle racks on every downtown street corner for years. One of the biggest deterrents to bicycle transportation is the risk of theft and forcing people to lock their bikes to street signs or trees has always been sketchy. What Menlo Park needs now, of course, is safer bicycle routes to Santa Cruz Ave, especially for people commuting from the other side of El Camino Real.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Unfortunately city planners seem to ignore the fact that sidewalks are for pedestrians and a if you use a wheel chair or walker the numerous sidewalk dining and sidewalk bike racks obstructions make it very difficult for the handicapped to navigate the sidewalks safely. Curious as to what ADA regs say about sidewalk access.

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Posted by murphstahoe
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

whatever is right. We should be removing parking spots and putting the bike racks where they used to be!

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Posted by Karen
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Yay! The lack of bike racks in downtown MP has been a pet peeve of mine for the 32 years I've lived here. It's about time. Thanks San Mateo County!

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