The family of a man known for tireless bicycle advocacy and engineering skill may see his name live on in the form of a bridge.
About a dozen community members spoke at the Feb. 11 Menlo Park City Council meeting to ask that the city consider renaming the San Mateo Drive Bike Bridge in memory of Mike Harding, adding their voices to a stream of emails sent to the council during past weeks that voiced support for the idea.
Mr. Harding, 74, died in December. He served on the city's bicycle commission, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He typically traveled on two wheels -- and even helping friends move offices via a bike.
"He rode his bike to work every day, rain or shine," son Andrew Harding told the council, and described his father as kind, thoughtful, stubborn, a brilliant engineer and proud long-term Menlo Park resident.
He said the bridge, while physically unassuming, makes a significant contribution to the neighborhood. "If you know the bike bridge, then you know a little something about my father."
The motion to rename the bridge passed 4-0, with councilman Rich Cline absent.
The bridge, which crosses the San Francisquito Creek, is jointly owned by Menlo Park and Palo Alto, which will also have to agree to the name change.
If Palo Alto proves unwilling, Menlo Park may choose to mount a plaque in Mr. Harding's honor on its side of the bridge, council members said.