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Residents revisit Stanford's offer to upgrade trail

Original post made on Sep 20, 2011

Residents of Ladera and Stanford Weekend Acres gathered last week to reconsider a controversial offer by Stanford University to spend up to $10.2 million to repave and upgrade the timeworn trail that meanders through their communities along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 12:00 AM

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Posted by sidewalk
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

This route is not wide enough for a multi-use trail. A two-way paved multi-use trail needs to be at least 12 feet wide to be safe. Very unlikely that something like that can be fit in this space in a way that makes local residents happy. Everyone will be much better off by adding bike lanes to the street and just resurfacing the existing sidewalk.

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Posted by pj
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

Clearly 'Sidewalk, a resident' has not attended any of the excellent county educational meetings, or actually walked on the trail. Nor has 'Sidewalk' thought about the implications of having inexperienced riders and kids in bike lanes next to busy roadways. Ironically, I rode a bike today on a path just like the one that needs to be repaired by Alpine Road - except my path was in Cambridge England where I am now. It was safe, lovely, and gave the area a rural feel,despite being next to a relatively busy street with its own, separate bike lane. Darwin, who discussed evolution in a garden just a few hundred feet away from whrere I am typing, would have had a few words to say to 'Sidewalk' about the concept of having kids bike next to cars and trucks in bike lanes. The existing trail needs to be fixed, kids cannot bike on bike lanes there, and we will all be safer. The folks in SWA can and should be involved in the design of the trail, and implementation of measures to improve their traffic plight. FIX THE TRAIL!!! PJ

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