Carpool, walk, bike or run to 'Moonlight Run & Walk'

Record pre-registration numbers may create parking problems in area

A record pre-registration of more than 2,800 persons for Friday night's Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk in the Palo Alto Baylands means there could be serious parking problems and traffic congestion in the area, event coordinator Amy Renalds is warning.

She said the pre-registrants plus the 800 to 1,000 persons who show up on race night could jam parking spaces and overwhelm Palo Alto police efforts to move traffic along smoothly.

She encouraged anyone who can to carpool, bicycle, walk or even run to the event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Baylands Athletic Center at the end of Geng Road, off Embarcadero Road just east of U.S. Highway 101. Pre-registrants have already been e-mailed, Renalds said, adding that word-of-mouth might help alleviate the potential parking and traffic jams.

More than 20 booths from community-based organizations and local restaurants participate in the event, along with numerous volunteers. Funds raised support the Weekly's Holiday Fund drive and are disbursed in grants to local organizations that provide services to children and adolescents and their families.

A full list of 2009 Holiday Fund agencies is posted here.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by bike parking
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Is there safe bicycle parking out there? Or can we ride our bicycles during the event and not have to worry about theft?

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Posted by Amy Renalds
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Bring a bike lock as there is plenty of fence to park and lock it along. Enjoy!

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Posted by bike parking
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Fences are not safe, especially after dark. Thieves can cut apart a fence with cheap wire cutters or metal shears.

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Posted by Occasional bike rider
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

This is a typical Palo Alto problem. They want us to ride our bikes everywhere, but there is no bike parking, no signs to bike parking, and even signs telling us to not park bikes on fences (at Caltrain). I wonder just how many bicycles it takes to pull the fence over from the weight, or how many can be parked without causing damage to another bike? This is a dreadful answer to a legitimate question (particularly when they are asking for people to bike). Oh, and do remember to take lights for your bikes, please.

So much for being bicycle friendly.

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Posted by bike parking
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I agree that the lack of safe bicycle parking around town is one of the biggest deterants to bicycle transportation. We are constantly hearing about bicycle thefts at schools, at stores, and at businesses.

The cops won't do anything unless they catch the crook in the act. I'm hearing stories about victims looking for their stolen bike on Craigslist, then taking vigilante action.

One Palo Alto Weekly employee had their bicycle stolen from in front of the office when a crook cut down the tree the bicycle was locked to. Are they still biking to work?

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