The City of Menlo Park is currently in the process of reviewing updates to its Downtown Plan which will set guidelines for zoning, street design, and building criteria for years to come. These are key transportation and land use decisions that affect our city's approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the next 20-30 years. (The Downtown Plan covers the Downtown, El Camino, and Transit Station areas.)
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The Housing Department will be facilitating a series of public meetings to solicit input regarding community needs related to various federal grants programs administered by the City of San José. The Federal programs include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA). Input will be used to help shape the Housing Department’s funding priorities. The 2012-2013 federal grant application is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2011.
The following are times, dates, and locations for the public meetings:
The City of Menlo Park is developing a long-term plan for El Camino Real and Downtown areas. This Thursday, August 4, the Planning Commission will be looking specifically at plans for the El Camino Corridor. This fall the entire specific plan will go before the City Council.
Although SVBC has to yet conduct a full assessment, our allies have alerted us that the plan may fall short of ideal in terms of promoting cycling and walking. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us to help SVBC craft a response.
This great news is from the City of Brisbane's official website.
You may have noticed the changeable message signs along Bayshore telling of the upcoming construction work that will be taking place between July 11th - August 26th. The work that will be commencing on Monday involves the installation of a bike lane on Bayshore Boulevard from Valley Drive to the City's northern limits (Bayshore & Geneva).
"Reinventing Our Cities," a new film series, will start in Mountain View on July 8. Organized by Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning and inspired by the recent series in Palo Alto and Sunnyvale, this FREE film series will explore how creative planners in the U.S. and around the world are reinventing cities and towns to be more livable and sustainable.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is currently conducting construction on McDonnell Road. As part of this project, travel lanes are being realigned to provide a continuous dedicated bike lane facility through the Airport. SFO looks forward to having these lanes available for the growing number of passengers and employees traveling to SFO by bicycle.
Here's the latest from Yves Zsutty with San José's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services.
San Mateo County Parks announced today that Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed to through traffic from 8 p.m. (Sunset) until 6 a.m. (Sunrise) Monday through Saturday from June 27, 2011 until sometime in October 2011 because of construction work by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The Portola Valley Town Council met on June 8 and included a discussion of bicyclist safety on the agenda. The night resulted in three positive agreements:
Mayor Ted Driscoll of Portola Valley will address the issue of bicyclist safety at a Town Council meeting tonight. Driscoll is seeking to improve the relationship between cyclists and motorists, especially on highly popular Alpine and Portola Roads. The mayor has suggested a bicycle committee may be one way of addressing the town's bicyclists safety concerns.
From the Almanac Online:
This report comes from Bob Page, Vice-Chair of the Woodside Bicycle Committee
Special Event Use Permits
Reviewed 8 special event permit applications for organized bike rides passing through Woodside and made recommendations to Town Council. Directed events to use main roadways and to staff road marshals at critical intersections.
Road Maintenance Program
Contributed to elements of the Annual Road Program relating to the Town's bikeways:
This area report just in from San José Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trail Services Acting Trails Manager Yves Zsutty.
This just in from Yves Zsutty at the City of San José Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department
The Santa Clara Valley Water District and Army Corps have just closed the Guadalupe River Trail - east bank, from Grant Street to Woz Way. The newly opened west bank trail from Virginia to Woz is the posted detour. The closure will stay in place for about 1 year.
This Caltrans District 4 update was provided by Ina Gerhardt, Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Coordinator
1.) Skyline Drive/Skyridge Drive in San Mateo County - Following the decision by Caltrans to go ahead with the modifications at the Skyline/Skyridge intersection to provide a travel path for bicyclists by removing some channelizers plus bases, the Skyridge Homeowners Association has now requested a meeting with CT management to discuss the issue. The meeting is scheduled for May 10.