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Menlo Park council mulls options to encourage commuters to ditch solo driving

Original post made on Oct 15, 2021

It wasn't long ago when one of the most frequently cited problems with Menlo Park was its traffic. As Menlo Park recovers from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, the City Council is renewing efforts to mitigate that traffic.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 15, 2021 at 8:46 am

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Sounds like more money down the drain to an unaccountable non-profit. It's hard to believe Menlo Park citizens will get any value from this spending.


Posted by Mila Zelkha
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2021 at 10:22 am

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Thank you to Menlo Park City Council for endorsing our Ravenswood Transit Consortium, a subregional transportation management association. As a community-based org working with Caltrain, it has been an honor to get to know the essential and service sector workers who commute to Menlo Park now, helping connect them to free GoPasses, bike repair and even free long-haul shuttles last winter. We look forward to engaging with local employers from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create affordable shared programs that help workers commute without the need to drive alone in their cars in the months and years ahead. Please let us know how we can help! [email protected]


Posted by AmyB
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Oct 19, 2021 at 10:03 am

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Managing Menlo Park's growth, particularly as it impacts traffic, is a critical element for maintaining and improving the quality of life in our city. We need more housing, but also need to be thoughtful of how those increases impact traffic. Partnering with groups such as Manzanita Transit are an exceptional way to leverage our city resources, and develop/expand partnerships across our Peninsula neighbors. Really glad to see that this is happening!


Posted by Stu Soffer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 19, 2021 at 10:28 am

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I've regularly used Lime electric Scooters in Tel Aviv.

Pick up, scoop, and drop on a corner


Posted by Stu Soffer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 19, 2021 at 10:31 am

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I've regularly used Lime electric Scooters in Tel Aviv.

Pick up, scoot, and drop on a corner.

You need 24 hour a day staff to pick up and redistribute scooters in town. And repair them.

I take a bike helmet on the trip.

Ahhh, the good old days.


Posted by Mila Zelkha
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2021 at 11:20 am

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@Stu Soffer as you describe micro-mobility works for private companies to go through the hassle of picking them up and repairing them, etc. in cities with higher density. I hear Mountain View had a good program but many of the bikes ended up in Sunnyvale and the private provider pulled out. The local Mountain View transportation mgmt association MVGO has extended us a funding pledge to study what a micro-mobility program could look like if it was coordinated across an area bigger than one particular Peninsula city - program feasibility that could deal w/ the challenges you describe. Would you be interested in the feasibility of a shared program like that for Menlo Park if the lift for a subregional bike share doesn't burden the City's budget?


Posted by Mila Zelkha
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2021 at 11:28 am

Mila Zelkha is a registered user.

@Joseph Davis, no money was allocated to our organization last Tuesday and public comments were shared from service workers at Trader Joe's, Left Bank and Kepler's Bookstore who have already received help with transportation options. In addition, the Ravenswood Teacher Association made a statement sharing that their members have benefited this past year in free long-haul transit that our org was able to broker on underutilized tech shuttle buses. Happy to speak with you about our model and its potential.


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