What is the study?
The purpose of the study is to determine the adequacy of the corridor for multi-modal use including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and vehicles under existing and future conditions, and to develop context sensitive transportation alternatives to improve multi-modal use along the corridor.
Preliminary Design Concepts
During the first community meeting in April 2013, the City heard from the community about the challenges and opportunities for improvement along Ralston Avenue. At the workshop in September 2013 the City heard community ideas and preferences on the potential improvement concepts. The third public meeting in February 2014 included a presentation of the recommended conceptual improvements. In April 2014 a presentation was made to the Parks & Recreation Commission and a follow up Study Session was held with the City Council. A public meeting was held in May 2014 and included a presentation of the concepts.
The purpose of this Council meeting is to adopt the Ralston Avenue Corridor Study and Improvements Plan as a Corridor Context Sensitive Plan. The Ralston Avenue Corridor Study and Improvements Plan serves as the conclusion to the study and provides a summary of the planning initiative as well as recommendations for conceptual context sensitive design alternatives.
About Ralston Avenue
Ralston Avenue is an east-west divided arterial and a major thoroughfare that extends from State Route 92 in the west to U.S. Highway 101 in the east. The cross section varies from four lanes at its western end to two lanes at/near Alameda De Las Pulgas; and, again widens back to four lanes near Twin Pines Park and City Hall. Ralston Avenue is a unique and distinctive corridor in the region. This distinctive character of Ralston Avenue is due to the varying degrees of urban setting, cross-section and topography, which can be experienced as one travels through the corridor.
SVBC has been pushing for continuous bike lanes on Ralston over the past year. You can read more about our campaign here.