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News - January 23, 2015

Council OKs new bike routes on Churchill and Maybell

Sharrows, speed tables and more planned for pathways to schools

by Gennady Sheyner

Students biking to Palo Alto's two public high schools and southernmost middle school will be getting help with their commutes, as the City Council on Tuesday approved concept plans for two of more than 20 proposed bike projects aimed at making local streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

Glad to hear that the city is finally taking bicycle safety seriously in southern Palo Alto. More kids bicycling to school means less cars on the road and less congestion.


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Posted by parent alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Despite the wording in this story emphasizing that these are "bike projects", those who read the staff reports or attend meetings will find that the proposed designs include significant benefits for drivers!

For example, an added right turn lane for Churchill drivers at El Camino will reduce the backup at peak periods, assuming that the PAUSD agrees to ceded a few feet of right of way that have prohibited this plan from being implemented in the past. And the proposed alternative at Churchill @ the Paly driveway will reduce conflicts for drivers turning in or out of the Paly driveway -- this will be HUGE improvement for everyone.

Some vocal people on PA Online keep framing traffic management issues as a zero sum game (such as arguing safety improvements for bikes and peds mean that drivers will be impeded by greater congestion). But this flies in the face of the evidence: public expenditures for transportation improvements are heavily biased toward motor vehicles -- much less than 7% of the total benefits bicyclists and pedestrians, though bicycling alone is more than 7% of total commute trips in town. And each person biking or walking on to school, to Stanford, to the Research Park etc means one less car on congested roadways. It takes 15 bicyclists to occupy the same space on the street as one passenger vehicle.

Thanks to our elected officials for supporting a more complete range of solutions to existing transportation problems on Monday. And thanks to Jaime Rodriguez for his courage in implementing the priorities of our Comprehensive Plan with a vision that goes beyond the auto-centric designs that endanger anyone not surrounded by tons of steel.


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Posted by parent alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Despite the wording in this story emphasizing that these are "bike projects", those who read the staff reports or attend meetings will find that the proposed designs include significant benefits for drivers!

For example, an added right turn lane for Churchill drivers at El Camino will reduce the backup at peak periods, assuming that the PAUSD agrees to ceded a few feet of right of way that have prohibited this plan from being implemented in the past. And the proposed alternative at Churchill @ the Paly driveway will reduce conflicts for drivers turning in or out of the Paly driveway -- this will be HUGE improvement for everyone.

Some vocal people on PA Online keep framing traffic management issues as a zero sum game (such as arguing safety improvements for bikes and peds mean that drivers will be impeded by greater congestion). But this flies in the face of the evidence: public expenditures for transportation improvements are heavily biased toward motor vehicles -- much less than 7% of the total benefits bicyclists and pedestrians, though bicycling alone is more than 7% of total commute trips in town. And each person biking or walking on to school, to Stanford, to the Research Park etc means one less car on congested roadways. It takes 15 bicyclists to occupy the same space on the street as one passenger vehicle.

Thanks to our elected officials for supporting a more complete range of solutions to existing transportation problems on Monday. And thanks to Jaime Rodriguez for his courage in implementing the priorities of our Comprehensive Plan with a vision that goes beyond the auto-centric designs that endanger anyone not surrounded by tons of steel.


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