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Menlo Park to gather data on impact of Middle Avenue traffic safety pilot project

Original post made on Nov 20, 2023

Menlo Park's Middle Avenue project has faced contention and at a Nov. 8 Complete Streets Commission meeting, commissioners came up with a plan to track the success and conduct outreach.

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Posted by kbgibboney
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 20, 2023 at 5:52 pm

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As the grandmother of a 3.5 year old frequent user of Nealon Park I am not crazy about the loss of parking spaces on Middle Ave. I imagine the drivers of the swarms of children there feel the same way.
I also notice that people are parking in the bike lane across the street from the park.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 20, 2023 at 6:18 pm

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Usually when you propose a major change and are actually interested in the effect it will have, as opposed to assuming it will do what you want, you develop a method to evaluate the effectiveness of the change BEFORE you implement the change. The fact it didn't occur until AFTER the major change just highlights the fact the progressives are taking control of the town. And in typical progressive fashion they KNOW what is better than anyone else what is best for us. The fact that the changes are causing unexpected problems was totally predictable. In fact, it was predicted by a number of people on this very forum.

Posted by gps
a resident of Las Lomitas School
on Nov 21, 2023 at 8:22 am

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Your photo captioning AI lied. "A cyclist rides past an SUV" is not accurate.

The cyclist is not passing anyone. The monster truck with a front hood so high that it leads to instant death for anyone it runs into and a complete inability for a driver of such vehicle to see anyone shorter than four feet tall is passing the cyclist.

Posted by MP Father
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 22, 2023 at 9:57 am

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I agree that such studies typically occur prior to expensive pilots being implemented. I don't recall exactly what was measured prior to the pilot being agreed to but I do remember the Council meeting being a free-for-all.

I drive Middle daily. I have only seen a handful of bikers using the new bike lanes to date and more often see cars parked in the bike lanes. If we are not going to allow parking, we should at least enforce it.

Regarding the stop sign at San Mateo, that is ridiculous. I have seen approximately two cars come from San Mateo since the implementation and less than five bikers, two of which ignored the stop sign altogether and proceeded through it without breaking or slowing down. The stop sign at San Mateo should be removed immediately and replaced with a lighted crosswalk (RRFB's), like the ones on Santa Cruz. RRFB's are incredibly effective at alerting drivers and getting them to stop at crosswalks. Perhaps it also makes sense to implement RRFB's on all crosswalks on Middle given that it is a main thoroughfare and the recent accident at the Middle/Cotton crosswalk.

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