The trail segment will not open Saturday, February 21 as the rains delayed repairs. The trail segment is expected to reopen Saturday March 7.
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SVBC would like to thank the following volunteers for helping us park bicycles, attend tables, and take photos during the San Jose Cycling Classic and the Amgen Tour of California: Carlos Babcock, Dave Erskine, Sandy Vaurs, Daniel Goldsmith, Ray Durham, Leslee Hamilton, Jennifer Durham, Tom Zimlich, Billy James, Susan Magnolia, Alberto d'Souza, David Milton, and Robert Cronin.
Without your help we wouldn't have been able to have a presence at these cycling events, providing outreach and convenience to participants and attendees. Thanks so much!
There is now a Tentative Date for the opening ceremony of the Bay Trail's Moffett Segment: Earth Day 2009, April 22. This is contingent on completion of two items, one of which depends on attention in Washington DC to little things in spite of the economic turmoil. That's why the date is tentative and two months away.
Cyclists are expected to participate in the 11 AM ceremony and carry the bolt-cutters 2 miles on the trail from the Sunnyvale gate to the Mountain View gate. More details at the T-30 day date.
San Andreas Trail has been closed for about a month, which has impacted some bicyclists who use the trail to commute to work. The SFPUC Water Department has been repairing a water line. They found more leaks than expected and the San Andreas Trail will remain close until February 21st.
Please see the attached news release: 020509 San Andreas Trail Closure.doc
The SVBC Caltrain Workgroup has worked hard in advance of the Feb. 5 JPB meeting to create a position on feasible short-term improvements in Caltrain's onboard bike accommodation, meeting with Caltrain staff and gathering ideas from various community sources. The position statement below is the summary of much of that work, and (pending approval) will be presented at the JPB meeting as SVBC's position on the onboard accommodation issue.
Caltrain officials Mark Simon, Special Assistant to the CEO, and Chuck Harvey, Director of Operations, have been meeting with representatives from SVBC and SFBC and are working on a plan to improve the onboard bike capacity situation, which they will present to the Caltrain JPB on February 5. Although the SVBC Caltrain workgroup has worked hard to present the community’s ideas and desires in our discussions with Mr. Simon and Mr. Harvey, Mr.
Corinne, Mark Eliot, and I met with members of Caltrain staff on December 19 and discussed Bikes on Caltrain and specifically the seven priority ideas that the workgroup had come up with at that time, to start a dialogue about feasible near-term improvements to the capacity issue.
The seven items were:
1. Removing seats from the bike car.
2. Real-time Notification
(a) # cars per train & type of car
(b) ongoing updates on current configuration & usage
* potential usage of volunteers to update
* use existing systems (e.g. Twitter)
The Caltrain workgroup has held several meetings and worked on gathering, refining, and prioritizing ideas for increasing capacity on the Caltrain system and smoothing the management of existing capacity.
These ideas are partially collected from the community and we hope you'll continue to contribute new ideas and refinements. Read on for our list!
This BAC functions as a glorified committee to rubber stamp the TDA-3 requirements when the project lists are ready to submit. There is no council member as required by MTC and no bike plan except for some verbage in the circulation element of the General Plan. The meetings are only called when TDA-3 projects come up.
1- The Ralston 101 Pedestrian Bike Bridge has $2.2M in funding and holds a $5M -$6M gap based on today's lower construction costs. Belmont will submit a project request to the Obama Stimulus Plan. The project is ready to go within 120 days of receiving funding.
The proposal for the Encroachment Permit will be heard at three meetings in December (they will be added to our calendar as we get more information). We encourage you to attend these meetings, as well as sending in comments by letter, fax, e-mail or phone.
To find the contact information for your County Supervisor you can go to http://www.sccgov.org/ and click on the link to “Your Elected Officials”.
We have provided two letter templates to send in, one for individuals and clubs, and one for event organizers.
On Sunday November 16, I led a group of six other riders around Menlo Park and Atherton. Some of the highlights of the tour:
The presumed site for a future undercrossing of the Caltrain tracks between Ravenswood and San Francisquito Creek.
The Alma Street bike bridge.
Willow Road, where the bike lanes are actually wide enough to avoid the door zone.
The Willow-101 interchange. Very bad now, but slated for redesign, and an opportunity to make it more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.
Cupertino's first segment of the Stevens Creek Trail is taking shape, heading south from McClellan Road. It will skirt the eastern edge of McClellan Ranch Park and proceed through Blackberry Farm. Blackberry Farm is completely closed for creek realignment, construction, and landscaping work, which should all be completed by July 2009.
The city council held a working session on the Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study. Jeannie Bruins, co-chair of the citizens' task force, presented a short summary of the history, methodology, and conclusions of the study. This was followed by a lively public comments session and council discussion. The study includes five possible trail routes and recommends one. The recommended route picks up the trail in Mountain View on the east side of Hwy 85 (where the current Mt. View route will cross the freeway) and continues southward on the east side to (almost) Fremont Rd.