The following Saratoga Area Report was written by Jim Stallman
Saratoga has bike racks now at neighborhood bus stops, hiking trailheads, and their downtown commercial district on Big Basin Way. Work is 50 percent completed on the Union Pacific Rail Trail, officially known as Joe's Trail, at Juan Bautista De Anza - a County Measure A+B project and two bridges will go in this spring to complete the 1.4 mile, $1.2 million decomposed granite surface trail. The name is in tribute to the private donor who provided the city's matching fund and the fact that the trail runs along the official National Park Service Anza Trail historical route.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held December 16, 2010 for the Permanente Creek overcrossing of Highway 101 project. The bike/ped crossing of the freeway will also include an undercrossing of Old Middlefield Rd.
Funding for the project is provided by the City of Mountain View ($8,125,000), Santa Clara Valley Water District ($125,000 grant to the City + $363,000 for their flood walls), and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District ($100,000). Mountain View's funding comes from the Shoreline Regional Park Community (also known as North Bayshore) which is from a property tax increment. No funding from Valley Transit Authority (VTA) is contributing to the project and it is an amazing amount of money for a modest size city to come up with.