The Menlo Park City Council heard more than an hour’s worth of contentious public comments stretching into the wee hours of Wednesday, April 19, before deciding shortly after 1 a.m. to move forward with an existing schedule for an east-west bike route in town.
The one-year pilot program is intended to test whether new bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue and other streets will provide a safer routes for bicyclists traveling between Menlo Park’s downtown and schools east of El Camino Real.
The pilot program, approved last December, would add painted bike lanes, with a minimum 18-inch buffer, or “sharrows” (painted markings on the roads that remind drivers to share the road with cyclists) along a route intended to give cyclists a clear path through downtown Menlo Park.
The bike route will start at Menlo-Atherton High School, run westbound along Oak Grove Avenue past El Camino Real to Crane Street, and then continue left with a mild jog across Santa Cruz Avenue, right on Live Oak Avenue, and continue left again on University Drive to Middle Avenue. The Crane Street bike lane would extend in the other direction to connect with Valparaiso Avenue.
Lost on-street parking
A total of 168 on-street parking spaces are planned for removal during the pilot project, according to Michael Tsai, assistant transportation engineer. Twenty-five are on Oak Grove Avenue near downtown, 78 are on Oak Grove east of El Camino Real, and 70 are on University Drive, he said.
Parking to be removed on University Drive will be on both sides of the street, and the parking removed on Oak Grove Avenue will be on one side only, with the…
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