Ralston Avenue corridor bike lanes in Belmont
In the City of Belmont, local residents make 2-3 trips per day on Ralston Avenue. It is the only road that cuts through from Highway 280, State Route 92, through residential areas and schools, to downtown and the Caltrain station, to Highway 101 and the Bay. This uniqueness makes it essential to all residents of Belmont, no matter how they choose to get around. The current high vehicle speeds, however, make travel by bike an unwelcoming endeavor for many. As the City has been involved in their Ralston Avenue Corridor Study, SVBC has been pushing to include continuous bike lanes on all segments of Ralston, from Highway 92 to Highway 101. In particular, the downtown area and Caltrain station area should be prioritized since there are many businesses that people who bike want to access but feel unsafe doing so. Adding bike lanes would help to calm traffic and make for a more inviting downtown. We are working to see that the final corridor plan is inclusive of these types of designs.

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Questions for Belmont City Council Candidates

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is permitted to educate our members about where candidates for public office stand on our issues. We are not permitted to endorse candidates. Questions were developed with the SVBC San Mateo County Local Team. We emailed all the known candidates for Belmont City Council and received responses from Davina Hurt and Dwight Looi. The candidate’s responses are listed following each question. 1. Should bicyclists be accommodated on El Camino Real through your city? If so, how should the roadway be designed to accommodate them? Davina Hurt: Several modes of transportation should be accommodated and supported on El Camino Real. We can look to cities with successful bike programs to see how they have implemented a complete streets application. Personally, I have heard from many bicyclists that protected lanes whether by barriers or clearly outlined on the street surface are needed for safe passage. Close attention needs to be made to retrofitting, signage, and intersections. All in all, the roadway needs to be such that safety is integrated into the design and it is a pleasurable experience that will insight more and more people to get out of their cars for a better and healthier environment. Dwight Looi: Given the small number of bicyclists, I do not believe that it is wise to have a dedicated lane for bicycles. This will take away from flow capacity for cars and exacerbate congestion. 2. A generation ago, half of schoolchildren walked or biked to school. Now, only 15% do. Meanwhile obesity and chronic disease linked to inactivity are soaring. How can your...