Palo Alto Council To Vote On Pedestrian/Bike Friendly Roadway

PALO ALTO (KCBS)– The Palo Alto City Council will decide Monday night whether to extend a controversial traffic calming trial project.

The aim of the project is to slow traffic on Arastradero Road by reducing the number of lanes from four to three. Palo Alto City Councilman Patrick Burt said they wanted to make the roadway more pedestrian and bicycle friendly and encourage children to ride their bikes to school.

“For the last 15 years, we have had a very aggressive program to re-promote the use of bicycle riding for kids to school,” he said.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Some car commuters claim the project creates gridlock. Burt said it could get better this year because schools’ start times have changed.

The council is expected to continue the project for at least another year.

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One Comment

  1. eqwheels says:

    Is the city of Palo Alto coming up with any improved alternate routes to compensate the displaced drivers who need to commute to and from work? Clearly if they are envisioning children riding to and from school they are aware that this also occurs during peak commute times. If the city’s plan doesn’t convincingly allow for displaced motorists then it should be a NO vote. This is not the time to make it harder for people to get to work. Want to learn more? Log onto Facebook and search for Equal Wheels. A new group dedicated to keeping the rights of motorists and cyclists in a reasonable, sane, balance whenever possible.

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