Highway 101 separates the largely lower income and minority Belle Haven neighborhood in East Menlo Park from the higher income Flood Triangle enclave. These neighborhoods are connected at Ringwood Avenue by a pedestrian / bicycle bridge.
Caltrans wants to replace this pedestrian/cyclist bridge over Highway 101 in Menlo Park as part of a larger project to add lanes to Highway 101 between Marsh Road and Willow Road. Flood Triangle NIMBY residents have long complained about this bridge and used the public discussion over this bridge replacement to demand removal of this vital connection altogether, calling it an eyesore and a crime corridor.
Belle Haven residents use this bridge to travel to schools and jobs on the west side of the freeway. About 50 students in Belle Haven use this bridge to get Menlo-Atherton High School. I and several other people use this bridge to bike to our jobs in East Menlo Park.
The NIMBYs want Belle Haven residents to walk two miles out of their way and use this beautiful overcrossing on Willow Road. They also propose increasing the Belle Haven/Downtown shuttle service or busing the students to the school.
The short video below was taken as I rode onto the bridge from the west side of 101. Towards the end of the video you can see the stopped traffic below me on Highway 101.