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I Do Not Drive or Bike But Want Better Mobility Options for Those Who and Those Who Don't

Uploaded: May 2, 2018
I would drive a car and ride a bike if my eyesight permitted so this is a lifestyle I have had to accommodate to and think about.

As a non driver or biker, I am very supportive of improved mobility options for drivers and bikers as these are major modes of mobility and I have chosen to live in an area with heavy car and bike traffic and where mobility both for people who drive and those who do not is sometimes challenging.

I support more options for people to take bikers in conjunction with public transit like Caltrain. I support increased use of dedicated bike lanes, And if I saw a good model, I would support more bike share programs.

These choices help the people who bike but also make biking a more attractive option and in a small way contributes to a cleaner environment.

While I look forward to having more and better non driving options for residents, I also support improving mobility for people who drive. I support dedicating money to repair the roads, I support adding lanes on freeways where needed, and I support toll lanes that give people an extra option.

I support building the garages planned for in Palo Alto's infrastructure plan and support better wayfaring technology to help people find available parking.

But I also support paying for parking. So i support on street paid parking around downtown and Cal Ave. I do not buy the argument that this crimps retail. I think it actually helps. Think Burlingame. We are all used to paid parking in SF, at airports, at ball games and parking costs a lot of money,

I also support higher permit fees for residents as well as employees. The streets are public. Residents either paid for parking when buying their home (garages and driveways) as we did or their housing costs were less if no driveway or garage. If residents choose not to use their garage or driveways for parking that is their choice but I see no reason to give them free on street parking besides perhaps for one car.

And I support the TMA programs to help low wage workers get to and from work with solo driving.

And recently I heard of a new program by Avenidas to help seniors connect with ride share programs like Lyft.

Finally I think it is good to remember that we all chose to live in a community that already had a major university, associated research park, a tertiary care medical complex and a regional shopping center--all of which would need to remain competitive in their respective missions.

Improving mobility for drivers, bikers and all is probably harder in our community so let's work even harder to meet the challenges.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by stephen levy, a resident of University South,
on May 3, 2018 at 7:19 am

stephen levy is a registered user.

I made a small change in the second paragraph of the blog and deleted a very nice post about my eyesight and my response as I hoped the blog would be about policy and not about me personally.

Posted by stephen levy, a resident of University South,
on May 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm

stephen levy is a registered user.

For me Lyft has offered me a great improvement in my mobility.

I do take more trips because Lyft service where I live is great and much less expensive than taxis.

So sometimes improving mobility does lead to more trips but it certainly counts as a plus for me.

And sometimes I share a Lyft ride with a friend going to the same place and i bet others do as well.

In the same way the Avenidas project to help seniors connect with ride share services will lead both to more trips AND to an increase in the quality of life and mobility for users.

Posted by 30 minute parking needed, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on May 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm

30 minute parking needed is a registered user.

Steve - I agree that paid parking is a good thing, I would also like to see more 30 minute (or 24 like San Mateo) free parking, especially near retail. When shopping on Cal Ave or Downtown, most of the time I would be done in 24-30 minutes and I would shop there instead of in another spot - such as Mountain View.

Posted by Robert Neff, a resident of Midtown,
on May 6, 2018 at 2:21 am

Robert Neff is a registered user.

Absolutely agree on paying for parking. When I visited my son near UCLA, I was surprised at how easy it was to find street parking in Westwood. Since you have to pay, there is constant turnover in the middle of the business district.

Posted by reduce that footprint , a resident of Escondido School,
on May 8, 2018 at 10:52 pm

reduce that footprint is a registered user.

Excellent framing of issues -- having options to get from place A to place B is important to help improve mobility for all. Despite what the auto companies want us to believe, if everyone drives everywhere solo in their cars, congestion would be impossible. Few of us in Palo Alto could bike or share a ride or take transit everywhere we want or need to go. But if more of us ask the question "Do I have the option not to drive solo this trip?", and choose an option that doesn't require parking a car at the other end, then there will be not just more parking spaces for other but less congestion and cleaner air for everyone. As for "free parking", there's no such thing. It's very costly to set aside all that space to provide temporary daytime homes for cars. So charging for parking is a great way to help encourage more people to figure out options like the author of this blog has done. Thank you, Steve!

Posted by mv voice, a resident of The Crossings,
on May 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm

thanks for this

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