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Despite ambitious traffic goals, fewer employees are biking to work in Mountain View

Original post made on Nov 13, 2020

Mountain View's vision for North Bayshore is banking on a car-lite future for the city's bustling jobs center. But when it comes to getting commuters to bike to work, the city is missing the mark and losing ground.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2020 at 2:14 pm

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How many city staffers bike to work? How many council members bike to meetings?

25 people like this
Posted by Bike Commuter
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 13, 2020 at 2:23 pm

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The closure of the Bay Trail and Friendship bridge in Palo Alto beginning in Spring 2017 to repair levees along San Francisquito Creek coincides with the drop in commuters. The closure forced me and many others coming from the north on the peninsula or over the Dumbarton bridge to stop bike commuting as frequently due to the safety hazards and extra distance on the alternate routes. I also suspects that the counting was not consistent. If you make it safe and easy, more people bike commute. When you make it harder or unsafe they stop.

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Posted by Ron Wolf
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 13, 2020 at 2:48 pm

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Not feasible, yet.... Well, if the goal is 10% commuting in by bicycle, then how about if the budget calls for 10% of travel infrastructure (roads ....) be allocated to bike infrastructure (trails, crossings, traffic control)? My guess is that the allocation for bike infrastructure is far far less than 10%. Is it even 1%? Maybe someone here has the figures?

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Posted by Infrastructure!
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 13, 2020 at 3:08 pm

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Totally agree. If you want more people biking, put your money where your mouth is, and improve the infrastructure. Look to modern european cities; only after people feel safe, will they actually ride their bikes through town! So let's do it!

34 people like this
Posted by beelia
a resident of North Bayshore
on Nov 13, 2020 at 3:16 pm

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It's not the City's fault, and it's not a mystery. I biked to work to and from North Bayshore for almost two years. But now, very few people are working in the Google buildings - it's work-from-home for almost everyone, probably until next July.

There is a huge bike community at Google. No worries, the traffic will return when Covid is under control.

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Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 13, 2020 at 4:07 pm

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Governments cannot engineer this to work.

The workers are not able to control how their work locations are. Especially where contracting or short term employment is involved.

This ide would only work in a "company" town, where the workers are forced to live in the housing of the employer, and can only shop in stores owned by the employer, and governed by the employer.

This was the worst false promise I have heard of.

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Posted by Bill Michel
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2020 at 4:45 pm

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Overcrossings over 101 & Central to make Escula/Sierra Vista, or Ortega/Thompson/Indpendence
alternatives to Rengstorff would be *great*. I did that commute (Rengstorff) for many years...
at peak hours, it's not that fun... I wouldn't say *unsafe*... just not enjoyable... A crossing of
central connecting Thompson with Ortega would also allow bike/ped journeys from Monta
Loma to San Antonio Shopping Center (yes, you can walk along central to the Train Sta., but
who wants to do that?)

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Posted by Kal Sandhu
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 13, 2020 at 11:49 pm

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2 words:
Lazy Bums

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Posted by JS
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Nov 14, 2020 at 12:51 am

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One way to increase efficiency of the roadways is if drivers were aware of their surroundings and drove in a responsible manner. At a stop light or stop sign, pull up to within 1' of the white limit line or within 4' of the car in front of them. The white line won't be injured by stopping on it. The cars are stopped and not a risk of a collision. Leaving 2 car lengths is not any safer and blocks traffic. If you are in the right lane coming up to a red light, move to the far left of the lane so cars can make a right turn on red. Similarly, if you are in the left lane, move to the far right of the lane so cars can move into the left turn lane.

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Posted by dxdydx
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 14, 2020 at 7:51 am

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Biking is not an option for many who have to drop off and pick up kids from daycare before and after work. I admire the folks with big bags and boxes and whatever on bike in their tow, but it still feels unpleasant, unsafe, heavy and it is too slow. Going to daycare is always through city streets, and they are still a far cry from being easy to bike.

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Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Nov 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm

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Was that data correlated to increase in numbers of Spare the Air and Heat Advisory Days? Each of these days is a non bike day , at least for this reader.

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Posted by DoctorFork
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Nov 15, 2020 at 8:27 am

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With each parking space taking up tens of thousands of dollars of valuable land and infrastructure, and then given away for free to motorist commuters, it is no wonder that the roadways are jammed with cars. You get what you subsidize. If Mountain View mandated employer parking fees, then the fee could be dialed up to the level at which traffic patterns met congestion goals. Clean simple feedback mechanism that places the cost of congestion on the people who generate it.

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