The Menlo Park Walk the Talk Forum           Co-Sponsors
The Grand Boulevard Initiative           Menlo Park Walk the Talk Forum6:00 pm    Open House6:30 pm    Welcome by Menlo Pa...
Grand Boulevard Initiative         Healthy By Design                Jean Fraser  Chief, San Mateo County Health System    ...
Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults                           1985No Data   <10%   10%–14%                            *BMI ≥3...
Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults                           1991No Data   <10%   10%–14%   15%–19%                         ...
Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults                           1997No Data   <10%   10%–14%    15%–19%        ≥20%            ...
Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults                       2003<10%   10%–14%   15%–19%   20%–24%         25%–29%             ...
Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults                      2009<10%   10%–14%   15%–19%      20%–24%         25%–29%          ≥...
If we do nothing …Our children will be thefirst generation who will not live as long as their          parents
If you build it right, they        will come
Target new homes & jobs along the corridorMix homes, jobs, shops and parks in an attractivemanner
Ensure walking is safe & convenient   Make room for people to ride their bikes
Provide parks, plazas and other places that attract peoplePreserve and accentuate unique characteristics of communities
Promote other modes of travel, like transit, to reduce traffic
Encourage development that is environmentally sensitiveManage parking needs thoughtfully
Focus on the health & safety of all who use      the corridor
With change comes concerns about            TRAFFIC• Households living near transit own half as  many cars as the average ...
With change comes concerns about           HIGH RISES
Your advocacy for a walkable, bikable, livable San MateoCounty will help determine the health of your children and        ...
Grand Boulevard Initiative      Menlo Park Walk the Talk                      byJessica ter Schure, Principal at Nelson/Ny...
Overview• Why care about smarter growth and walkable  communities?• What can we do to help our community  realize the bene...
Obesity Trends                 1985                2010   <10%                     20-24%                                 ...
Mode Split & ObesityExcerpted from Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Po...
US County Traffic Fatality RatesExcerpted from Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, by Todd Litman, Victoria ...
Speeds and Degree of Pedestrian            Injury                     Source: US and UK Departments of Transportation, 1999
Street Width and Injury
Leading Causes of Potential Years of            Life Lost   Excerpted from Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefit...
Green Exercise• Short periods of  outdoor exercise =      – More self esteem      – Better mood      – Particular self est...
Reduced Stress, Increased Trust • Oxytocin: the “cuddle   chemical” • Lowers blood pressure and   other stress-related   r...
More Walking = Safer Walking                      20                      15Relative Risk Index                           ...
Consumer Choice?• Most communities’ zoning  and street design codes have  made it illegal to create  walkable neighborhood...
12 Code Obstacles1.  Parking and Traffic Code2.  Building Code3.  Uniform Fire Code4.  Clean Water Act5.  Fair Housing Act...
Conventional Transportation            Mitigation•   Reduce density•   Widen roadways•   Add parking lots•   Find a more i...
Suite of Policies / Programs•       Locate right development in the right locations•       Mix uses•       Improve streets...
Conventional DevelopmentGrand Boulevard Initiative                        Shop SchoolP P                                PT...
Mixed Use, Park Once District  Grand Boulevard Initiative                            Work                     Shop       S...
Transit Oriented Development  Grand Boulevard Initiative                         Work                  Shop               ...
Consumer Choice• Walk Score  (www.walkscore.com)• Scale   • 0 = no walkability   • 100 = high walkability   •   (Santa Cru...
Image source: WalkScore
Paying for a Walkable Place• Demographic evidence• Consumer research  evidence• Premium price evidence   • 40%-200% premiu...
Sprawling & Driving                      Image source: John Holtzclaw
$20,000                                   $20,000     $20,000$20,000               $20,000 $20,000        $20,000         ...
Commute Mode Share by County                                Drive Alone Rate     Carpool     Public Transportation    Walk...
Menlo Park Residents’                Commute to Work                                              Taxi,                   ...
The “Silver Tsunami”                          Image                         source:                        National       ...
A Range of Affordability and Choice           for All Ages  AARP: “71% of older households want to be     within walking d...
Generation Y – 80 Million Strong and Seeking a Car-Free Style Lifestyle  Young professionals  between the ages of 20-  35 ...
California GHG Emissions by Sector              (2008)                             Agriculture      Forestry              ...
California GHG Emissions by Sector              (2008)                          High GWP                             3%   ...
Complete Streets =        Streets for Everyone• Unique; respond to  community context• Independent of age, ability,  mode ...
Poor Pedestrian Facilities
Poor Bike/Ped Facilities                               Image sources: Crap Bicycle Lanes by eye books                Assoc...
Walk and Bike OpportunitiesSource: Dave Colby                     Source: Perkins + Will
Typical San Mateo County Street                                      San Mateo County               Sustainable Green Stre...
Streetscape Improvements
Infill Development
Parking Management• Utilize existing parking more  efficiently• Share parking facilities• Use transportation demand  manag...
Menlo Park El Camino Real/   Downtown Specific Plan• Visioning process 2007-08• Community outreach 2009• Draft Specific Pl...
Specific Plan Guiding Principles 1.    Maintain a village character unique to Menlo Park. 2.    Provide greater east-west,...
The Importance of Guiding       Principles
Q & A Panel Session with:Jean Fraser, Chief of the San Mateo County Health SystemJessica ter Schure, Principal of NelsonNy...
Group Agreements1. Speak Respectfully- Listen to understand, ask questions, be open to   discussion, try to be open to dif...
Group Discussion Questions1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years and why? Where do you see your children in   10 years a...
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  1. 1. The Menlo Park Walk the Talk Forum Co-Sponsors
  2. 2. The Grand Boulevard Initiative Menlo Park Walk the Talk Forum6:00 pm Open House6:30 pm Welcome by Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith6:40 pm Introduction to Healthy Communities and the Grand Boulevard Initiative Guiding Principles by Jean Fraser, Chief of the San Mateo County Health System7:00 pm A Presentation on Green Transportation and Connectivity by Jessica Ter Schure, Principal of NelsonNygaard7:30 pm Q & A Panel Discussion7:50 pm Group Discussions8:15 pm Closing Comments8:30 pm Meeting Ends
  3. 3. Grand Boulevard Initiative Healthy By Design Jean Fraser Chief, San Mateo County Health System January 26, 2012
  4. 4. Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 1985No Data <10% 10%–14% *BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person, BRFSS
  5. 5. Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 1991No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 5 *BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person, BRFSS
  6. 6. Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 1997No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% ≥20% *BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person, BRFSS
  7. 7. Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 2003<10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% *BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person, BRFSS
  8. 8. Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 2009<10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30% *BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person, BRFSS
  9. 9. If we do nothing …Our children will be thefirst generation who will not live as long as their parents
  10. 10. If you build it right, they will come
  11. 11. Target new homes & jobs along the corridorMix homes, jobs, shops and parks in an attractivemanner
  12. 12. Ensure walking is safe & convenient Make room for people to ride their bikes
  13. 13. Provide parks, plazas and other places that attract peoplePreserve and accentuate unique characteristics of communities
  14. 14. Promote other modes of travel, like transit, to reduce traffic
  15. 15. Encourage development that is environmentally sensitiveManage parking needs thoughtfully
  16. 16. Focus on the health & safety of all who use the corridor
  17. 17. With change comes concerns about TRAFFIC• Households living near transit own half as many cars as the average household
  18. 18. With change comes concerns about HIGH RISES
  19. 19. Your advocacy for a walkable, bikable, livable San MateoCounty will help determine the health of your children and the planet
  20. 20. Grand Boulevard Initiative Menlo Park Walk the Talk byJessica ter Schure, Principal at Nelson/Nygaard January 26, 2012
  21. 21. Overview• Why care about smarter growth and walkable communities?• What can we do to help our community realize the benefits of smarter growth?
  22. 22. Obesity Trends 1985 2010 <10% 20-24% >30%No Data <10% 10%–14% Source: Center for Disease Control
  23. 23. Mode Split & ObesityExcerpted from Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, for The American Public TransportationAssociation, June 2010.
  24. 24. US County Traffic Fatality RatesExcerpted from Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, for The American Public TransportationAssociation, June 2010. (Source: Ewing, Schieber and Zegeer, 2003)
  25. 25. Speeds and Degree of Pedestrian Injury Source: US and UK Departments of Transportation, 1999
  26. 26. Street Width and Injury
  27. 27. Leading Causes of Potential Years of Life Lost Excerpted from Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, for The American Public Transportation Association, June 2010. (Source: NCIPC, 2009)
  28. 28. Green Exercise• Short periods of outdoor exercise = – More self esteem – Better mood – Particular self esteem improvement in young and mentally illBarton J and Pretty J. 2010. What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis. EnvironmentalScience and Technology DOI: 10.1021/es903183r
  29. 29. Reduced Stress, Increased Trust • Oxytocin: the “cuddle chemical” • Lowers blood pressure and other stress-related responses General Plan Update • Increases positive social behavior such as friendliness • Creates trust, generosity and empathy.
  30. 30. More Walking = Safer Walking 20 15Relative Risk Index Walking 10 Bicycling 5 0 0% 5% 10% 15% Journey to Work Share Image source: Peter Jacobsen
  31. 31. Consumer Choice?• Most communities’ zoning and street design codes have made it illegal to create walkable neighborhoods General Plan• Walkable neighborhoods are Update undersupplied• Housing consumers will pay a premium for walkable neighborhoods Image source: RFF Press
  32. 32. 12 Code Obstacles1. Parking and Traffic Code2. Building Code3. Uniform Fire Code4. Clean Water Act5. Fair Housing Act6. State Schools Codes7. Congestion Management Program8. Zoning & Subdivision Codes: Design and Parking9. Road Design Code10. Street Typologies and Transportation Performance Measures11. Impact Fees12. Environmental Compliance
  33. 33. Conventional Transportation Mitigation• Reduce density• Widen roadways• Add parking lots• Find a more isolated location with less existing traffic congestion
  34. 34. Suite of Policies / Programs• Locate right development in the right locations• Mix uses• Improve streetscape (Complete Streets)• Manage parking• Use transportation demand management strategies • Unbundled parking • Subsidize transit passes • Parking cash-out • Carsharing/Bikesharing • Carpooling • Telecommuting/Alternative schedules• Preserve neighborhoods
  35. 35. Conventional DevelopmentGrand Boulevard Initiative Shop SchoolP P PTT TTTTTT TT T T P P Work Play P
  36. 36. Mixed Use, Park Once District Grand Boulevard Initiative Work Shop SchoolPlay P T T Results: • <½ the parking • <½ the land
  37. 37. Transit Oriented Development Grand Boulevard Initiative Work Shop Live SchoolPlay
  38. 38. Consumer Choice• Walk Score (www.walkscore.com)• Scale • 0 = no walkability • 100 = high walkability • (Santa Cruz/El Camino = 97)• Impact on housing value• “One point of Walk Score is worth as much as $3,000” Image source: Walk Score
  39. 39. Image source: WalkScore
  40. 40. Paying for a Walkable Place• Demographic evidence• Consumer research evidence• Premium price evidence • 40%-200% premiumChristopher B. Leinberger, Visiting Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program 2009
  41. 41. Sprawling & Driving Image source: John Holtzclaw
  42. 42. $20,000 $20,000 $20,000$20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000$20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 Image source: NN
  43. 43. Commute Mode Share by County Drive Alone Rate Carpool Public Transportation Walking90%80% 77% 76% 76% 74% 70% 70%70% 66% 67%60%50% 39%40% 32%30%20% 15% 12% 12% 11% 11% 11% 11% 10% 9% 9% 10%10% 8% 7% 8% 3% 5% 2% 3% 2% 3% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 3% 0% Alameda Contra Costa Maring County Napa County San Francisco San Mateo Santa Clara Solano Sonoma County County County County County County Source: American Community Survey, 2009, C08301
  44. 44. Menlo Park Residents’ Commute to Work Taxi, Work Other from Walk Palo Alto Menlo Park 1% Bicycle 5% Home 7% 9% Bus Taxi, Other Work from 2% Caltrain/ Walk 1% Home BART 3% 8% 4% Carpool Bicycle 6% Drive Alone 8% 67% Bus 1%Caltrain/ Bicycle WalkTaxi, Other Work from 2% Bus 3% 2% Home BART 5% Caltrain/ 2% 4% BART 4% Carpool Drive Alone Carpool 10% 9% 66% Drive Alone 75% Redwood City Source: American Community Survey 2010 (Estimates)
  45. 45. The “Silver Tsunami” Image source: National Institutes of Health
  46. 46. A Range of Affordability and Choice for All Ages AARP: “71% of older households want to be within walking distance of transit.”
  47. 47. Generation Y – 80 Million Strong and Seeking a Car-Free Style Lifestyle Young professionals between the ages of 20- 35 are the most mobile people in America, and they are flocking to urban centers.
  48. 48. California GHG Emissions by Sector (2008) Agriculture Forestry 6% 0% High GWP Recycling and Waste 3% 2% Industrial Transportation 19% 37% Commercial and Residentia 9% Electric Power 24% Source: California Air Resources Board Greenhouse Gas Inventory, 2008
  49. 49. California GHG Emissions by Sector (2008) High GWP 3% Agriculture Recycling and Waste 6% 1% Forestry 0% Industrial 19% Passenger Transportation Vehicles Heavy Duty Commercial and 38% 27% Trucks Residentia 7% 9% Ships & Electric Power Commercial 24% Boats Rail 1% 1% Aviation (Intrastate) Unspecified 1% 1% Source: California Air Resources Board Greenhouse Gas Inventory, 2008
  50. 50. Complete Streets = Streets for Everyone• Unique; respond to community context• Independent of age, ability, mode of transportation• Improve safety• Encourage walking and bicycling for health• Can lower transportation costs for families• Foster strong communities
  51. 51. Poor Pedestrian Facilities
  52. 52. Poor Bike/Ped Facilities Image sources: Crap Bicycle Lanes by eye books Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Michael Ronkin Flicker User amndw2
  53. 53. Walk and Bike OpportunitiesSource: Dave Colby Source: Perkins + Will
  54. 54. Typical San Mateo County Street San Mateo County Sustainable Green Streets and Parking Lots Design Guidebook (2009) RecommendedExisting
  55. 55. Streetscape Improvements
  56. 56. Infill Development
  57. 57. Parking Management• Utilize existing parking more efficiently• Share parking facilities• Use transportation demand management strategies• Price it right• Reinvest part of the revenue in the district
  58. 58. Menlo Park El Camino Real/ Downtown Specific Plan• Visioning process 2007-08• Community outreach 2009• Draft Specific Plan April 2010– Downtown parking– Phasing of Downtown public space elements– Building height– Bicycle improvements
  59. 59. Specific Plan Guiding Principles 1. Maintain a village character unique to Menlo Park. 2. Provide greater east-west, town-wide connectivity. 3. Improve circulation and streetscape conditions on El Camino Real. 4. Ensure that El Camino Real development is sensitive to and compatible with adjacent neighborhoods. 5. Revitalize underutilized parcels and buildings. 6. Activate the train station area. 7. Protect and enhance pedestrian amenities on Santa Cruz Avenue. 8. Expand shopping, dining and neighborhood services to ensure a vibrant downtown. 9. Provide residential opportunities in the Vision Plan Area. 10. Provide plaza and park spaces. 11. Provide an integrated, safe and well-designed pedestrian and bicycle network. 12. Develop parking strategies and facilities that meet the commercial and residential needs of the community.
  60. 60. The Importance of Guiding Principles
  61. 61. Q & A Panel Session with:Jean Fraser, Chief of the San Mateo County Health SystemJessica ter Schure, Principal of NelsonNygaardCorinne Goodrich, San Mateo County Transit DistrictKatie Ferrick, Vice Chair of Menlo Park Planning Commission
  62. 62. Group Agreements1. Speak Respectfully- Listen to understand, ask questions, be open to discussion, try to be open to different perspectives even if you don’t agree2. Speak One at a Time- We want to be able to get to everyone and answer questions. Please help us do so by completing a card and submitting to the facilitator and speaking one at a time3. Share the Stage- Notice when some are talking more than others. Make room for those quieter to ask questions and participate4. Speak from your Own Experience- We may each have different perspectives on topic. Speak from this place, speak from your experience, check assumptions, and ask for clarification whenever needed.5. Allow facilitator to guide the process6. Technology Off/Silent
  63. 63. Group Discussion Questions1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years and why? Where do you see your children in 10 years and why? Where do you see Menlo Park in 10 years and why? What needs to happen today in order to provide for future generations?2. How would YOU improve El Camino Real and the adjacent downtowns and neighborhoods? Do you have examples of what works well in other places that could be applied to the Grand Boulevard?3. How do you get around your neighborhood, city, county, and region? Are there different types of transportation modes that you would like to use but cannot? Why? What needs to happen in order to make your trips safer and more efficient?4. What age demographic do you fall within? Do you agree with the need to plan for changing demographics? For your age demographic, what do you want or need more of in your community? (in terms of land uses and transportation)5. What are the key elements of a ‘healthy’ community? Which of these could be pursued more along El Camino or in your downtown?
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