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Menlo Park wants a crosswalk, median strip, bike lanes and parking on El Camino, but can't fit it all in

Original post made on Mar 7, 2022

Menlo Park is holding off on removing parking spaces near Stanford University's new Middle Plaza project on El Camino Real, after City Council members tried for an hour to eke out alternatives while still adding a crosswalk and median.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 3, 2022, 11:27 AM

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Posted by dana hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 7, 2022 at 10:10 am

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The only POTENTIALLY reasonable solution for adding biking facilities to El Camino remains PROTECTED BIKE LANES. These would physically separate riders from passing vehicles, AND include safety elements, e.g., signs, lights, that would protect riders from vehicles entering and exiting the more than 50 driveways that connect to El Camino within Menlo Park.

Only a comprehensive study can determine whether a design that is acceptable for bikers, motorists and businesses is even possible. Notes: Such a study was proposed and budgeted the last time the City considered and then dropped the idea of adding bike facilities to El Camino. Outcomes: (1) the study was not undertaken and (2) the City Council decided not to add buffered bike lanes. The former was a poor decision, and the latter a wise one.

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