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Cities make the case for a 'bicycle superhighway'

Original post made on Jul 13, 2021

Few roads better epitomize the frustrations and hopes of local bicycle advocates than El Camino Real, a hazardous route that some see as the ideal setting for a bicycle superhighway.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 13, 2021 at 12:31 pm

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El Camino would, because of its length and location, make a superb bikeway.

However, for that to happens one car lane in each direction would need to be converted into a physically protected bike lane and ALL driveway entrances to El Camino that do not have traffic lights would need to be eliminated.

Realistically the problems associated with reducing the lanes on ECR and blocking all of the driveway entrances overwhelm the value of dedicated bicycle lanes.

Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 14, 2021 at 7:38 am

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Peter is correct. Although the goals are laudable, modifying El Camino would have massive (unforeseen to many) negative impact to the climate (extra commuting & delivery times via car/truck), the economy & the lifestyle in the area. I suggest that we have a great alternative in the CalTrain Right-of-Way. Instead of destroying the peninsula by building the electrification infrastructure & greater footprint of the High Speed Rail, re-think the Right-of-Way & make it a dedicated "Local Transit Thruway". It could accommodate greater frequency Light Rail service & a protected, dedicated Bike Thruway that would meet the goals without destroying El Camino. But this will take visionary thinking & not merely execution a very out-of-date plan & outmoded technology of the HSR. The $100B saved in the HSR could fund all the changes & Grade Separation required for local transportation improvements in the SF Bay, LA. Sacramento, etc. Note" Grade Separation for Light Rail would be much less expensive than grade separation required for massive, heavy HSR equipment! Let's solve the problem & not have yet another 30+ commission member study.

Posted by Twentse
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 14, 2021 at 2:42 pm

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Middlefield Rd. is a good bike route through Menlo Park and Atherton but starting at Encina Ave. in Unincorporated Menlo Park through Redwood City it is awful as the bike lane disappears into thin air. If San Mateo County could start at Encina Ave. and put a bike lane there to connect with the new construction between 6th (or is it 7th) Ave. that would be great.

Posted by Twentse
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 16, 2021 at 9:33 pm

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Correcting my earlier email: Middlefield Road should get bike lanes from Encina Ave. till Douglas Ave. From there on, there is a okay bike lane. The new one from Woodside Road till downtown Redwood City is very nice. Now if on the latter some bike pictures could be added on the pavement for more clarity that would be super!

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 20, 2021 at 11:32 am

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There are only three major north-south arterial roadways running the length of the Peninsula - the 101 freeway, the 280 freeway and El Camino Real. Alameda de las Pulgas and Middlefield cover limited areas but they are narrow, mostly one lane in each direction, and generally traverse through residential areas.

Reducing 50% of the capacity of El Camino Real, the peninsula's only non-freeway, full length north/south arterial roadway is absurd. Those frustrated drivers aren't going to stay home, they're going to be cutting through the back streets of Redwood City, Menlo Park and Palo Alto to avoid the backlog. Yeah, that'll work out well...

Beware unintended consequences.

Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm

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I can't imagine a more unpleasant street to ride bicycles on than El Camino Real. This idea is risible.

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