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Stanford's $8 million offer gets another shot

Original post made on Jul 27, 2011

Call it the $8 million offer that won't die: Stanford University's proposal to pay for trail improvements along Alpine Road between the Menlo Park and Portola Valley boundaries (with interest, now up to $10.5 million), which was unanimously rejected by the San Mateo Count Board of Supervisors in 2008 and again in 2010. Well, it has sprung back to life.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 10:37 AM

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Posted by sidewalk
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

They'll probably get some takers if they call it a sidewalk instead of a trail. Reduce the width and allow pedestrians only. There already are bike lanes on the street.

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Posted by Jimmae
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

Sidewalk wrote:

Reduce the width and allow pedestrians only. There already are bike lanes on the street.

Uh, Dear Sidewalk,

Tell you what, you go out on that road(Alpine rd),use those "bike" lanes(actually the lanes you allude to are mostly fog stripes,not designated bike lanes) to recreate(walk) in...Then come back here+report what a grand ol time you had mixing it up w motor vehicles, and I'll consider riding my bicycle out there.

My main point, Many of us that ride bicycles are just as horrified as I reckon you to be with the concept of pedaling amongst motor vehicles.

Walkers already have pretty much everything when it comes to off road trails access within San Mateo County. No More Pedestrian Only trails,imho, it's past time to start sharing these traffic free options with pedalers when they arise.

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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

Try for $20,000,000. It work with the hospital. Stanford has deep pockets.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of University South
on Jul 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Stanford should be allowed to keep the money and donate it to the reconstruction of the Stanford Hospital, from which the entire community will ultimately benefit.

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Posted by Luke Vania
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm

David and Goliath and the Phoenix 'stories' updated on 28 July, 2011-5:15PM

Stanford, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, has once again resurrected the once 'dead' Stanford Alpine Trail proposal(s). Twice poor David [Stanford Weekend Acres] repelled Goliath [Stanford] with the help of the San Mateo County Supervisors. NOTHING SUBSTANTIALLY has changed since Goliath's 'last' defeat.
SWA has made it abundantly clear that it does not want 'the trail.' How many times must we do battle with Goliath! We really don't want to slay him... just want him to STOP harassing us... and go solve the problem it created on its own territory. PLEASE LET MY NEIGHBORHOOD ALONE! There is NO WAY, short of prohibiting motor traffic on Alpine Road, that can make any new or existing trail Safe. The only real safety lies with the people who use Alpine Road to exercise caution, sound judgement, and common courtesy.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Build it.

Allow cyclists to use it.

Remove the unsafe bicycle lanes on Alpine, and prohibit cyclists from using Alpine.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of University South
on Jul 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Stanford was required to build 2 trails which would be reasonably recreational. Stanford stalled for years, proposed this "trail" which is a total sham - the whole thing is a good definition of "chutzpah" and an example of not living up to their commitment.

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