Building A Community-Friendly Menlo Park Bike Network

View Our Bike Market Research Surveys

The City of Menlo Park does not perform market research (a) to determine where most bicyclists ride in our community and (b) learn what bike network improvements they most want, so Re-Imagine Menlo Park conducts informal ones to partially fill this important information gap whenever significant individual bike projects are either being considered or evaluated.

View the most recent one:

Where Do You Want to Ride Bikes Across El Camino Real?

Important Bike Network Design & Planning Resources

Existing Menlo Park Bike Network

Bicyclists currently use a combination of streets to access popular destinations on either side of El Camino Real. A small number have bike  lanes, a few have sharrow (“share the road”) street markings, and many more are simply residential streets with low volumes of vehicle traffic. The biggest problem is the lack of safe, convenient and stress-free ways to cross El Camino Real.

How Bicyclists Currently Use The Bike Network

The City of Menlo Park has a poor understanding of where bicyclists currently ride – and what new bike facilities they want – because it has never monitored street usage or surveyed its residents. Re-Imagine Menlo Park has started to collect this information using both techniques.

City Bike Network Planning History

A brief summary of some of the more significant actions and decisions the City of Menlo Park has made since 2004.

How To Improve The Menlo Park Bike Network Planning Process

Despite its location in Silicon Valley, a center of innovation and technology utilization, City Council members, staff and volunteer commissioners; residents and local businesses – are ALL severely handicapped by the existing pre-modern planning process it still employs that produces sub-optimal decision-making.

Top Trouble Spots In The Menlo Park Bike Network

More than a decade ago Menlo Park identified significant “gaps” in its community bike network that when filled would enable bicyclists to travel conveniently, comfortably and safely to every popular destination both in Menlo Park and neighboring cities. These gaps now severely limit bike access to destinations downtown and on opposite sides of El Camino and expose bicyclists who do cross them to a stressful and unsafe experience. None of the gaps have been filled since the City’s approved it’s first and only Comprehensive Bike Development plan twelve years ago in January 2005 – an extremely poor track record and major disappointment for residents who enjoy bike riding.

Closing The Biggest Gaps In The Menlo Park Bike Network

This presentation identifies nine potential bike network  projects AND compares two solutions for improving how bicyclists cross El Camino Real.

Oak Grove-University-Crane Bike Project (2016-Now)

Riding a bike should not only be a practical form of transportation; it should be an enjoyable experience that encourages more riding by existing bicyclists and inspires non-bicyclists to try swapping their vehicles for bikes. Unfortunately, this project fails to build strong interest in bike riding as it disappoints both in function – convenience, safety, and comfort – and “sex appeal”. Bicyclists have waited for more than a decade for major gaps in our bike network to be filled and now deserve a much better solution. Finally, significant negative impacts on non-bicyclists – beyond the loss of more than 177 street parking space- greatly  outweigh its value.

Menlo-Ravenswood-University Bike Corridor Proposal (2015)

Menlo Park could transform Ravenswood and Menlo Avenues into a state-of-the- art, east-west bike corridor that offers MORE bicyclists a safe and convenient way to ride to MORE popular destinations on both sides of El Camino Real, including downtown. This bike environment would also be more attractive and comfortable than existing and planned alternatives. The design and location also would showcase the city’s commitment to building a community bike network that benefits bicyclists AND motorists. [Download the Menlo-Ravenswood bike corridor proposal.  Includes detailed descriptions, illustrations and photos. (50 pages = 31 MB pdf)]

El Camino Bike Lane Study (2015)

Bike lanes on El Camino do not make it safer so encouraging more bike riders is fundamentally a dangerous idea and creates moral and legal liabilities for Menlo Park. A survey of residents clearly demonstrated that a large majority of respondents opposed them. (Note: View Bike survey results)