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  • David Coale
    Hi All, Here is a good project that needs local support to make this happen. As mentioned below there is a small but vocal group that is opposing this plan and
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 9, 2010
      Hi All,

      Here is a good project that needs local support to make this happen.  As mentioned below there is a small but vocal group that is opposing this plan and no one speaking up for it.  The Palo Alto Bike Advisory Committee supports this plan as well.

      Please try to make to this meeting next Thursday if you can.

      Thanks,

      David


      Begin forwarded message:

      From: Cedric de La Beaujardiere <cedricdlb@...>
      Date: December 8, 2010 7:36:17 PM PST
      To: David Coale <david@...>, Peter Drekmeier <pdrekmeier@...>
      Subject: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave Streetscape Project

      David, 

        On Thursday, December 16th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in Escondido School's Multi-Purpose Room, the City of Palo Alto will be hosting a community input meeting on the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project (www.cityofpaloalto.org/calave).

        The city needs to hear from supportive residents, to counter the small but vocal group of residents who are opposed to this project.  Most of the opposition boils down to fear of spill-over traffic from the reduction in lanes from 4 to 2, but their fears on this score are baseless: this is a 4-block dead-end street with minimal traffic volumes (apparently borne out by the recent traffic study).  The only reason this street is four lanes is because it used to be the through-street crossing Alma and CalTrain, but was blocked off at the tracks when Oregon Expwy was created.  (A PDF of feedback from a prior community meeting is available at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=24797)

        The improvements include an increases of parking spaces, outdoor dining areas, benches, bike racks, trash/recycling bins, info kiosks, plus improvements to pedestrian safety with bulbouts, elevated mid-block cross walks, and fewer lanes to cross, share-the-road-arrows to indicate to bikes and cars the expected safest position of bikes, as well as the possibility of additional trees, and place markers and color schemes to tie the district together.

        The increase of parking is achieved primarily from changing the diagonal parking angle from 30 to 60 degrees, such that parked car widths take up less space along the sidewalk and more can be parked side by side.  However, the cars then jut out into the street more, which is one reason for the need to reduce the number of traffic lanes.  Another reason to reduce the number of lanes is for pedestrian safety.  The number one reason for vehicle-pedestrian collisions is peds crossing roads with more than one vehicle lane in any one direction, because one driver may stop for the pedestrian, while a driver in the second lane does not see the ped hidden from view by the stopped car, and strikes the pedestrian.  Thus, reducing the number of lanes increases pedestrian safety.  At intersections which need more car capacity, two lanes at the stop will be maintained.  The one lane in each direction will be amply wide enough for bikes and cars to share the roadway without conflict, and the Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee supports this project.

        The city has been awarded a $1.2M grant which will cover over 70% of the streetscape improvements cost, with the city's share being ~$500K.  A major impetus for this project was the scheduled need to repave the road, which is a separately funded project.  Instead of repaving and then simply re-striping the road just as it had been before, the city took advantage of the opportunity to obtain outside funding to increase the appeal and safety of the California Avenue shopping district.

        Please come out to this meeting and/or email the City Council (city.council@...) to let them know you support the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project.

      Sincerely,
      Cedric de La Beaujardiere


      David Coale



    • Megan Fluke
      What do folks from ALPA think? ... From: David Coale Date: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM Subject: Fwd: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 9, 2010
        What do folks from ALPA think?

        ---------- Forwarded message ----------
        From: David Coale <david@...>
        Date: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM
        Subject: Fwd: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave Streetscape Project
        To: greenteamcollegeterrace@yahoogroups.com, Lynnie Melena <bpa-news@...>, Transition Palo Alto <transitionpaloalto@yahoogroups.com>, Megan Fluke <megan.fluke@...>, Bruce Hodge <hodge@...>


        Hi All,

        Here is a good project that needs local support to make this happen.  As mentioned below there is a small but vocal group that is opposing this plan and no one speaking up for it.  The Palo Alto Bike Advisory Committee supports this plan as well.

        Please try to make to this meeting next Thursday if you can.

        Thanks,

        David


        Begin forwarded message:

        From: Cedric de La Beaujardiere <cedricdlb@...>
        Date: December 8, 2010 7:36:17 PM PST
        To: David Coale <david@...>, Peter Drekmeier <pdrekmeier@...>
        Subject: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave Streetscape Project

        David, 

          On Thursday, December 16th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in Escondido School's Multi-Purpose Room, the City of Palo Alto will be hosting a community input meeting on the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project (www.cityofpaloalto.org/calave).

          The city needs to hear from supportive residents, to counter the small but vocal group of residents who are opposed to this project.  Most of the opposition boils down to fear of spill-over traffic from the reduction in lanes from 4 to 2, but their fears on this score are baseless: this is a 4-block dead-end street with minimal traffic volumes (apparently borne out by the recent traffic study).  The only reason this street is four lanes is because it used to be the through-street crossing Alma and CalTrain, but was blocked off at the tracks when Oregon Expwy was created.  (A PDF of feedback from a prior community meeting is available at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=24797)

          The improvements include an increases of parking spaces, outdoor dining areas, benches, bike racks, trash/recycling bins, info kiosks, plus improvements to pedestrian safety with bulbouts, elevated mid-block cross walks, and fewer lanes to cross, share-the-road-arrows to indicate to bikes and cars the expected safest position of bikes, as well as the possibility of additional trees, and place markers and color schemes to tie the district together.

          The increase of parking is achieved primarily from changing the diagonal parking angle from 30 to 60 degrees, such that parked car widths take up less space along the sidewalk and more can be parked side by side.  However, the cars then jut out into the street more, which is one reason for the need to reduce the number of traffic lanes.  Another reason to reduce the number of lanes is for pedestrian safety.  The number one reason for vehicle-pedestrian collisions is peds crossing roads with more than one vehicle lane in any one direction, because one driver may stop for the pedestrian, while a driver in the second lane does not see the ped hidden from view by the stopped car, and strikes the pedestrian.  Thus, reducing the number of lanes increases pedestrian safety.  At intersections which need more car capacity, two lanes at the stop will be maintained.  The one lane in each direction will be amply wide enough for bikes and cars to share the roadway without conflict, and the Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee supports this project.

          The city has been awarded a $1.2M grant which will cover over 70% of the streetscape improvements cost, with the city's share being ~$500K.  A major impetus for this project was the scheduled need to repave the road, which is a separately funded project.  Instead of repaving and then simply re-striping the road just as it had been before, the city took advantage of the opportunity to obtain outside funding to increase the appeal and safety of the California Avenue shopping district.

          Please come out to this meeting and/or email the City Council (city.council@...) to let them know you support the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project.

        Sincerely,
        Cedric de La Beaujardiere


        David Coale






        --
        Megan  Fluke
        Grassroots Organizer
        Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter

        3921 E. Bayshore Road
        Palo Alto, CA 94303
        (650) 390 9604
        megan.fluke@...

        Do you think your city could be greener?  Join your local Cool Cities Team, a motivated group of residents in your neighborhood who are working together to make your city a more sustainable place.  Contact me if you'd like more information.
      • Irvin Dawid
        WE re moribund :-( ... -- One Less Car! Irvin Dawid 753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-283-6534 (cell)
        Message 3 of 4 , Dec 9, 2010
          WE're moribund :-(

          On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM, Megan Fluke <megan.fluke@...> wrote:
           

          What do folks from ALPA think?



          ---------- Forwarded message ----------
          From: David Coale <david@...>
          Date: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM
          Subject: Fwd: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave Streetscape Project
          To: greenteamcollegeterrace@yahoogroups.com, Lynnie Melena <bpa-news@...>, Transition Palo Alto <transitionpaloalto@yahoogroups.com>, Megan Fluke <megan.fluke@...>, Bruce Hodge <hodge@...>


          Hi All,

          Here is a good project that needs local support to make this happen.  As mentioned below there is a small but vocal group that is opposing this plan and no one speaking up for it.  The Palo Alto Bike Advisory Committee supports this plan as well.

          Please try to make to this meeting next Thursday if you can.

          Thanks,

          David


          Begin forwarded message:

          From: Cedric de La Beaujardiere <cedricdlb@...>
          Date: December 8, 2010 7:36:17 PM PST
          To: David Coale <david@...>, Peter Drekmeier <pdrekmeier@...>
          Subject: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave Streetscape Project

          David, 

            On Thursday, December 16th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in Escondido School's Multi-Purpose Room, the City of Palo Alto will be hosting a community input meeting on the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project (www.cityofpaloalto.org/calave).

            The city needs to hear from supportive residents, to counter the small but vocal group of residents who are opposed to this project.  Most of the opposition boils down to fear of spill-over traffic from the reduction in lanes from 4 to 2, but their fears on this score are baseless: this is a 4-block dead-end street with minimal traffic volumes (apparently borne out by the recent traffic study).  The only reason this street is four lanes is because it used to be the through-street crossing Alma and CalTrain, but was blocked off at the tracks when Oregon Expwy was created.  (A PDF of feedback from a prior community meeting is available at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=24797)

            The improvements include an increases of parking spaces, outdoor dining areas, benches, bike racks, trash/recycling bins, info kiosks, plus improvements to pedestrian safety with bulbouts, elevated mid-block cross walks, and fewer lanes to cross, share-the-road-arrows to indicate to bikes and cars the expected safest position of bikes, as well as the possibility of additional trees, and place markers and color schemes to tie the district together.

            The increase of parking is achieved primarily from changing the diagonal parking angle from 30 to 60 degrees, such that parked car widths take up less space along the sidewalk and more can be parked side by side.  However, the cars then jut out into the street more, which is one reason for the need to reduce the number of traffic lanes.  Another reason to reduce the number of lanes is for pedestrian safety.  The number one reason for vehicle-pedestrian collisions is peds crossing roads with more than one vehicle lane in any one direction, because one driver may stop for the pedestrian, while a driver in the second lane does not see the ped hidden from view by the stopped car, and strikes the pedestrian.  Thus, reducing the number of lanes increases pedestrian safety.  At intersections which need more car capacity, two lanes at the stop will be maintained.  The one lane in each direction will be amply wide enough for bikes and cars to share the roadway without conflict, and the Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee supports this project.

            The city has been awarded a $1.2M grant which will cover over 70% of the streetscape improvements cost, with the city's share being ~$500K.  A major impetus for this project was the scheduled need to repave the road, which is a separately funded project.  Instead of repaving and then simply re-striping the road just as it had been before, the city took advantage of the opportunity to obtain outside funding to increase the appeal and safety of the California Avenue shopping district.

            Please come out to this meeting and/or email the City Council (city.council@...) to let them know you support the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project.

          Sincerely,
          Cedric de La Beaujardiere


          David Coale






          --
          Megan  Fluke
          Grassroots Organizer
          Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter

          3921 E. Bayshore Road
          Palo Alto, CA 94303
          (650) 390 9604
          megan.fluke@...

          Do you think your city could be greener?  Join your local Cool Cities Team, a motivated group of residents in your neighborhood who are working together to make your city a more sustainable place.  Contact me if you'd like more information.




          --
          One Less Car!

          Irvin Dawid
          753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
          650-283-6534 (cell)

        • Megan Fluke
          We just need a few folks. May need to recruit new folks... ... -- Megan Fluke Grassroots Organizer Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter 3921 E. Bayshore Road
          Message 4 of 4 , Dec 9, 2010
            We just need a few folks.  May need to recruit new folks...

            On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 2:09 PM, Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...> wrote:
             

            WE're moribund :-(

            On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM, Megan Fluke <megan.fluke@...> wrote:
             

            What do folks from ALPA think?



            ---------- Forwarded message ----------
            From: David Coale <david@...>
            Date: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM
            Subject: Fwd: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave Streetscape Project
            To: greenteamcollegeterrace@yahoogroups.com, Lynnie Melena <bpa-news@...>, Transition Palo Alto <transitionpaloalto@yahoogroups.com>, Megan Fluke <megan.fluke@...>, Bruce Hodge <hodge@...>


            Hi All,

            Here is a good project that needs local support to make this happen.  As mentioned below there is a small but vocal group that is opposing this plan and no one speaking up for it.  The Palo Alto Bike Advisory Committee supports this plan as well.

            Please try to make to this meeting next Thursday if you can.

            Thanks,

            David


            Begin forwarded message:

            From: Cedric de La Beaujardiere <cedricdlb@...>
            Date: December 8, 2010 7:36:17 PM PST
            To: David Coale <david@...>, Peter Drekmeier <pdrekmeier@...>
            Subject: Thursday 12/16 6:30pm: Support Cal Ave Streetscape Project

            David, 

              On Thursday, December 16th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in Escondido School's Multi-Purpose Room, the City of Palo Alto will be hosting a community input meeting on the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project (www.cityofpaloalto.org/calave).

              The city needs to hear from supportive residents, to counter the small but vocal group of residents who are opposed to this project.  Most of the opposition boils down to fear of spill-over traffic from the reduction in lanes from 4 to 2, but their fears on this score are baseless: this is a 4-block dead-end street with minimal traffic volumes (apparently borne out by the recent traffic study).  The only reason this street is four lanes is because it used to be the through-street crossing Alma and CalTrain, but was blocked off at the tracks when Oregon Expwy was created.  (A PDF of feedback from a prior community meeting is available at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=24797)

              The improvements include an increases of parking spaces, outdoor dining areas, benches, bike racks, trash/recycling bins, info kiosks, plus improvements to pedestrian safety with bulbouts, elevated mid-block cross walks, and fewer lanes to cross, share-the-road-arrows to indicate to bikes and cars the expected safest position of bikes, as well as the possibility of additional trees, and place markers and color schemes to tie the district together.

              The increase of parking is achieved primarily from changing the diagonal parking angle from 30 to 60 degrees, such that parked car widths take up less space along the sidewalk and more can be parked side by side.  However, the cars then jut out into the street more, which is one reason for the need to reduce the number of traffic lanes.  Another reason to reduce the number of lanes is for pedestrian safety.  The number one reason for vehicle-pedestrian collisions is peds crossing roads with more than one vehicle lane in any one direction, because one driver may stop for the pedestrian, while a driver in the second lane does not see the ped hidden from view by the stopped car, and strikes the pedestrian.  Thus, reducing the number of lanes increases pedestrian safety.  At intersections which need more car capacity, two lanes at the stop will be maintained.  The one lane in each direction will be amply wide enough for bikes and cars to share the roadway without conflict, and the Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee supports this project.

              The city has been awarded a $1.2M grant which will cover over 70% of the streetscape improvements cost, with the city's share being ~$500K.  A major impetus for this project was the scheduled need to repave the road, which is a separately funded project.  Instead of repaving and then simply re-striping the road just as it had been before, the city took advantage of the opportunity to obtain outside funding to increase the appeal and safety of the California Avenue shopping district.

              Please come out to this meeting and/or email the City Council (city.council@...) to let them know you support the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project.

            Sincerely,
            Cedric de La Beaujardiere


            David Coale






            --
            Megan  Fluke
            Grassroots Organizer
            Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter

            3921 E. Bayshore Road
            Palo Alto, CA 94303
            (650) 390 9604
            megan.fluke@...

            Do you think your city could be greener?  Join your local Cool Cities Team, a motivated group of residents in your neighborhood who are working together to make your city a more sustainable place.  Contact me if you'd like more information.




            --
            One Less Car!

            Irvin Dawid
            753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
            650-283-6534 (cell)




            --
            Megan  Fluke
            Grassroots Organizer
            Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter

            3921 E. Bayshore Road
            Palo Alto, CA 94303
            (650) 390 9604
            megan.fluke@...

            Do you think your city could be greener?  Join your local Cool Cities Team, a motivated group of residents in your neighborhood who are working together to make your city a more sustainable place.  Contact me if you'd like more information.
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