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Menlo Park council pumps brakes on Middle Avenue bike lanes

Original post made on May 25, 2019

The Menlo Park City Council chastised staff May 21 for not doing enough public outreach before drawing up potential plans for new bike lanes on Middle Avenue that could eliminate street parking for up to 135 cars along the road.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:09 AM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 25, 2019 at 9:37 am

Did anyone do outreach to the residents on the south side of Santa Cruz between Olive and Avy before taking away their street parking?
How many, if any, bicycle car accidents have occurred on that stretch? Was any thought given to apply the no parking only during school commute hours and days?


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Posted by No Easy Solutions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

The city does a poor job of parking enforcement outside of downtown. Just take a look on Sunday, when people park their cars on bike lanes on Santa Cruz. So whats the point of removing parking spots, when there is lack enforcement.


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Posted by Dana Hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm

Smart decision. Too often there is too little - if any - genuine outreach to residents who would be affected by city projects. Hopefully, this is a sign of a different attitude by our new city council. You can view my analysis of this project on my Almanac blog,

Street Parking Should NOT Be Removed For Bicyclists On Middle Avenue (Part 2) Web Link

Now the council needs to adopt a community-driven approach to grade separations and create a community advisory committee staffed with subject matter experts, business planners, and representatives for residents and businesses. This should have been done years ago and it is still not too late.


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Posted by Robert Cronin
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Robert Cronin is a registered user.

Whatever: What would be an acceptable number of bicycle-car accidents on Santa Cruz? As far as making parking permission a function of school hours and days, do you assume that only school boys and girls ride bikes?
No Easy Solutions: It may not make sense, but parking is permitted in bike lanes unless specifically prohibited by sign.


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Posted by dana hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 28, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Robert Cronin: The city proposes banning street parking so it is reasonable to assume that no parking signs would accompany new bike lanes on Middle. Also, there is already 11-foot wide space along the vehicle lanes. That is sufficient for parking and bicyclists of all ages. Finally, note that the stated rationale for the proposed bike lanes is greater safety for Oak Knoll and Hillview students. This is an unsupported claim (opinion).


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Posted by Robert Cronin
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 28, 2019 at 10:25 pm

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Dana Hendrickson: Eleven feet would be a door-zone bike lane.


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Posted by cyclist
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm


Different consultants, with credentials for successful integration of alternative transportation are needed.
Doesn't take an expert to see that the current ones just propose expensive changes with dubious/unproven value....


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