Posted by vfree, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm
If you live near El Camino Real, you are so screwed. All that traffic will overflow to the neighboring streets as motorists find streets to use avoiding ECR. Some on council just love to control every aspect of our lives.
Posted by sdv, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm
"Despite majority support from residents and bike and transportation advocates who spoke, the current council voted 5-2 against dedicated lanes in Mountain View in January, citing concerns about increasing traffic on side streets."
Posted by Sesame, a resident of another community, on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm
I take the bus to work because it saves me money and I don't like polluting other people's air. I would like a faster and more efficient line like the one in the special lane. I think it would help everyone, and if more people use the bus then traffic on El Camino will get better instead of worse.
Posted by John the racist, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm
I concur with the idea of adding bike lanes as well as a dedicated bus lane too because population will only grow. If we don't do this now it won't ever happen and we will still be stuck with miserable traffic.
Posted by Waldo, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Nov 14, 2012 at 9:28 am Waldo is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
I agree with Joshua, put a subway system underneath El Camino Real, and leave the existing lanes for cars. As for a bike lane, for decades, I have commuted by bike on side streets parallel to El Camino Real, and it works just fine, with better scenery, safety, and a lower noise level.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Nov 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Donald's comment, above, about 'allowing' Mtn View residents to 'ruin this plan for the whole country' is quite telling. It implies that the voting public is ignorant on important matters, and not to be trusted making appropriate choices. Instead, those choices need to be made for us, by those who know better what our real needs are. Exactly the attitude projected by Mtn View city governement.
As ignorant as the voting majority may be, I'll take my chances with them over those pretending to know, better than I, what my best interest is.
Posted by Major T, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Nov 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Steve, I think the point is that your self-interest may run counter to that of a much larger number of people. Every other city from San Jose to Palo Alto could approve this, but if Mt View blocks it then it wont happen.
Posted by Paula, a resident of another community, on Nov 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm
I do think it's a valid question to ask how this will affect all of the commuters who use El Camino to get to 85, in order to connect with other routes to get to work. I understand there are plenty of people who will benefit in terms of a faster route to work on the bus, if they are able to use the bus to get to work, and I applaud any effort to make El Camino more bike friendly. But you can't just close your eyes to the fact that there is a huge amount of commuter traffic on El Camino that is comprised of people who don't have that option because maybe they need to get to San Jose every morning, for example. It will indeed either create massive traffic snares on reduced El Camino lanes, or direct all that excess traffic onto side streets like California. I'm just stating a fact that needs to be addressed.
Posted by J, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Being vocal does not mean a majority of residents. We've lived in MV for over 20 years and MV has done more than their share to support a diversity of residents, unlike some of our neighbors to the north and west. Closing a lane on El Camino would create nightmare traffic. Witness the current increased traffic on El Camino from motorists diverting from Central/Alma due to all the construction. If the earlier temporarily closed lane at El Camino and San Antonio from construction on that corner is an example of what traffic might be like, it was absolutely intolerable with savvy drivers routing through Los Altos neighborhoods to circumvent. Council needs to represent their constituents in MV, and vote NO.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Let's put the bus lanes on California street. Residents there will get their 'traffic calming' and bike lanes, VTA still gets to spend the money, and the majority of us will be free to go about our business unimpeded.
Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community, on Nov 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
A subway down the ECR might work in the long distance now take in account the time to study, plan, design, seek funding and then build. Could we zone, plan and build high density to support such a system. Buses are flexible, we could add when needed, run electric buses and even have special shuttles buses.