Millbrae Station Area Plan: Panel Presentation + Open Forum

150721 Flyer for MSASP meeting Hear from experts, see the future and share your concerns How can the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan (MSASP) improve safety, convenience, and security rather than create more problems? How can the MSASP connect attractively to downtown and to the rest of the city to become an inviting neighborhood to visit and an economic asset for the city? What benefits should developers be expected to offer the community for the privilege of building in Millbrae? How can fees generated by developers benefit our neighborhoods, parks and schools throughout the city? How can you have input into this plan and contribute to positive changes in our community? FRIENDS OF FUTURE MILLBRAE We are Millbrae & Peninsula residents and non-profit groups who believe in making a difference (this includes SVBC). THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL CITY OF MILLBRAE...

*Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan Update

This Community meeting is to present information on the update to the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan (Specific Plan), two specific development proposals within the Plan Area; Transit Orient Development (TOD) #1 and TOD #2, and the prepared Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The purpose of this meeting is informational to present the update to the Specific Plan and associated DEIR to the community and to introduce the two developer’s TOD’s proposals and receive community comment. No decisions will be made at this meeting. Future public hearings will be scheduled for the Planning Commission and City Council in late summer...
Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

The June 18 community meeting to discuss the Lincoln Avenue road diet in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood had an impressive turnout of both supporters and detractors of the project. Several hundred residents filled the Willow Glen High School auditorium, with many donning extra large t-shirts with a red circle and stripe through the words “Road Diet” to show their disapproval. Despite the fact that most reactions to the road diet, and the data behind it, have been positive, there was an undeniable sense that the opponents were out in force that night. City staff presented the results of the three-month trial period road diet (PDF). Traffic had been reduced! Speeds had been reduced! Travel times were up by a few minutes during the worst times of day, true, but one of the goals of the project was to make Lincoln Avenue less appealing to commuter traffic using Willow Glen’s main drag as an alternative to Highway 87. Mission accomplished! Importantly, bicycling and walking had increased. And cut-through traffic on side streets was either not significantly increased or actually reduced. To us, to many residents and business owners, and to the city, these were all positive results. SVBC and our partners at California Walks had written a letter to Councilmember Oliverio, the Willow Glen Business and Neighborhood Associations, and the Department of Transportation to voice our support for the trial and celebrate the results. I also attended the community meeting with several SVBC members. We spoke about the multiple goals that have been achieved by the road diet: To reduce and slow vehicle traffic, shifting Lincoln Avenue away from...

*Mountain View City Council Draft Bicycle Transportation Plan

The Mountain View City Council will review and provide input regarding the Draft Bicycle Transportation Plan (Plan) Update on: TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015 -6:30 P.M* COUNCIL CHAMBERS SECOND FLOOR, MOUNTAIN VIEW CITY HALL 500 CASTRO STREET, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA Members of the public will have an opportunity to address the Council regarding the Draft Plan. The Council report will be available on the City’s website mountainview.gov the evening of Thursday, July 2, 2015. *Scheduled meeting start time. Contact the City Clerk’s Office at (650) 903-6304 to confirm start time and timing for this item. For further Information, contact the Public Works Department at (650) 903-6311 or...
New Caltrain Car Design Directive: More Space for People Who Bike

New Caltrain Car Design Directive: More Space for People Who Bike

For those of you that couldn’t skip work to attend Caltrain’s Joint Powers Board (JPB) meeting this morning, I have some good news to share after our call for action last week. Thanks to all of your petition signatures and comments (there was over 150 at last count), letters to Board members, in-person comments, and other outreach, the JPB voted to increase future bike capacity on electrified vehicles (coming in 2020) and commit to a minimum of $3 million for wayside bike parking improvements. Now, this isn’t everything we asked for. We were hoping to get 16% of bike passengers able to bring their bike on board. The JPB decision didn’t go that far, but didn’t preclude it either. Basically, they decided to dictate an 8:1 seats to bikes ratio when telling train manufacturers what to design, which is greater than staff recommendation of 9:1 seats to bikes ratio. This will increase bike capacity over today’s levels and allow for future increases as the cars will be designed with flexibility to take seats out. There will be further opportunities to influence the car design over the next year, so stay tuned. As for bike parking, the Board took a strong stance that this is a priority for their agency, and added a resolution to commit to at a minimum $3 million in funding for bike parking improvements. This is a great start and we will be working with other local partners to help Caltrain get this and other money so that there are safe and secure options for people who bike. There’s more work to do. We want to...