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Grand jury puts bike safety in San Mateo County under a microscope

Original post made on Jul 13, 2023

A grand jury report released July 10 showed that while San Mateo County cities have made improvements on bike safety in the last two decades, there's more work to do.

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Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2023 at 12:10 pm

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Would this extremely long sentence ever pass an 8th grade English composition course?
The report gave recommendations for ways cities and towns in San Mateo County to improve their bike safety, including effective education for both bicyclists and drivers about the bicycle rules of the road, consistent communication between branches of government responsible for bike safety and collection of enforcement details and data about cycling accidents and incidents in order to receive funding from agencies for bicycle infrastructure."

Additionally, What are those referenced "recommendations'? Certainly the new Almanac Leadership has higher standards in Journalism!

Posted by MP Father
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 13, 2023 at 1:49 pm

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I assume the article is referring to the SMC Civil Grand Jury rather than the Grand Jury.

Sounds like a solution in search of a problem: "Despite this apparent progress, the jury report says the county has seen no increase in residents cycling. It cites the California Household Travel Survey, which reports approximately 1% of residents saying they use a bicycle as transportation in 2002 and again in 2023."

Perhaps the Civil Grand Jury should not blame the cities and that the lack of ridership is not due to safety concerns. In Menlo Park, an additional stop sign was put in at the Middle/San Mateo crossing. I stop at this stop sign approximately four times per day. In the months since the Stop Sign has been present, I have seen exactly two bicycles at the stop sign, one of which ignored the sign and blew through the crossing without stopping. Perhaps the lack of ridership is not due to safety and more about distances and the fact that we have so many families with multiple children being delivered to multiple, different locations.

I am also not sure it is the role of the Civil Grand Jury to increase bicycle transportation rather than carry out their primary responsibility which is to be a watchdog over county government officials.

Posted by STLubin
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 13, 2023 at 4:35 pm

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Many people report that they would like to use bicycling for transportation but do not feel safe because of road conditions and driver behavior. The Civil Grand Jury report points out that ridership will not increase so long as these conditions persist. Transportation is a major contributor to climate change and it is important to develop alternatives to auto dependency. Bicycling is an important alternative, especially with the advent of e-bikes which make it much more accessible - if people feel safe on the road. It is the responsibility of government at all levels to make it safe.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2023 at 6:56 pm

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"Many people report that they would like to use bicycling for transportation but do not feel safe because of road conditions and driver behavior. "

Really? "Many people"? How many? What percentage of adults? You sound like Trump. "Many people think I'm doing a great job". Give me a break.

If you're going to use ebikes as some kind of panacea, you'd be better off riding a motorcycle. An ebike is like a moped, it has just enough power to get you into trouble, but not enough to get you out. Ebikes are more "save the world" unrealistic ideas that are being promoted.

Posted by Menlo 2024
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jul 14, 2023 at 1:28 pm

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Can we please get people to stop biking on Kings Mountian Road and Old La Honda. It's completely unsafe...

Posted by Stuart
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jul 16, 2023 at 11:13 am

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Good luck banning bikes on KMR. They tried limiting the length of buses to prevent accidents and the Girl Scouts went berserk because apparently they have always used long buses and have no intention of making any accommodation for anyone else's safety.

Posted by Menlo 2024
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jul 16, 2023 at 6:06 pm

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Stuart, it’s all a bad mixture. But I don’t know why cyclists have to ride narrow two lane roads with no shoulder. Go down to Canada road for a nice ride.

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