*San Bruno Walk ‘n Bike Plan Public Workshop

For folks who work, live, or walk/bike in San Bruno, the City is now in the public outreach phase of our Walk n’ Bike Plan. The workshop will begin with a brief presentation about the plan, followed by group discussions on the top pedestrian and bicycling priorities for San Bruno. Refreshments will be served and activities will be available for kids. Community survey: Click on the link to fill out our brief survey about walking and biking in San Bruno. Everyone who responds and checks an optional checkbox will be entered in a random raffle drawing to win one of three $50 gift certificates for Amazon.com. The survey is open through Sunday, November 8, 2015. “Pinnable” comments map: Click on the link for a map of San Bruno, where you can pin comments at specific locations. The map is also open through Sunday, November 8,...

*North Fair Oaks Middlefield Road Redesign Community Design Workshop #2

Starting in September, you will have the chance to help decide how the new Middlefield Road will look, feel, and function: Do you want a tree-lined shaded street? Or open views? Do you want sidewalk benches and plazas? Or a wide open sidewalk? Do you want bike lanes in the street? Or bike lanes next to the sidewalk? Do you want art that captures North Fair Oaks history? NFO Latino culture? Or something else? Through Community Workshops and a Project Steering Committee, North Fair Oaks residents and stakeholders will make these decisions and many more. Then the design team, including leading firms such as AECOM, RHAA and Shared Spaces, will collaborate with the community to create a design for our new “Main Street.” The County chose this team because they are committed to “co-designing” the street with the North Fair Oaks Community. They will bring the technical expertise. The community will bring the neighborhood expertise. And, together will create an only in North Fair Oaks “Main Street” that captures the unique character, history and people of our community. This “co-designing” effort will build on all the work done together. In 2011, community members created the North Fair Oaks Community Plan that makes a beautiful, pedestrian friendly Middlefield Road a top priority. Then in 2014 the community developed the framework for the new Middlefield Road. Through thousands of surveys, community workshops and North Fair Oaks Community Council deliberation, the North Fair Oaks community chose a pedestrian and bicycle friendly Middlefield Road concept defined by wider sidewalks, ample bike lanes, parallel parking, one lane of traffic in each direction & a...
Fatality at Page Mill Interchange

Fatality at Page Mill Interchange

Yesterday, we learned that a bicyclist was struck by a driver and killed on Page Mill Road, in Palo Alto near the Highway 280 overpass. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the victim of this tragic collision. Unfortunately, this is an intersection that Silicon Valley bicyclists know all too well. For over a decade, advocates, including SVBC and the Roadway Safety Solutions Team, have been working to get the area improved for the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. As it crosses under Highway 280, Page Mill becomes a confusing and intimidating space where the bike lanes mingle with and get tucked between multiple lanes of fast-moving traffic in the westbound direction, and actually cross over two lanes of uncontrolled, freeway-speed traffic in the eastbound direction. Though technically a 35 mile per hour zone, this stretch of road frequently sees speeds closer to 50 MPH. The County has prepared several improved designs over the years, and presented its most recent study and plans for a two-stage safety improvement project to the Los Altos Hills Town Council and Palo Alto City Council this past summer. The first stage or “interim” plan requires approval by Caltrans and includes more visible delineation and green paint, similar to nearby Alpine Road. The County has a meeting scheduled with Caltrans to discuss next steps for this phase. The second phase of the project will be far more extensive, including a dedicated path to provide an option to bicyclists who may wish an alternative to using the shoulder. Unfortunately, that phase will cost $20 million and must be implemented during or after...

*Palo Alto Churchill Area Multi-modal Improvements Community Meeting

Churchill Ave Paly October 22 Community Meeting Mailer Improvements for safe cycling, walking, and driving are planned for the Churchill Ave. area: Churchill Avenue from Castilleja/Paly driveway to El Camino Real Churchill Avenue from Bryant Street to Castilleja/Paly driveway Cowper Street from Churchill Avenue to Cowper Street El Camino Real from Miramonte Avenue to Churchill Mall (Stanford) Project Timeline Phase 1: Final design winter 2015 Construction 2016 Phase 2: Concept planning fall/winter 2015/2016 Project Website www.cityofpaloalto.org/bike The Phase 1 Churchill project aims to improve safety for all users. Proposed improvements include: Extension of the multi-use path to El Camino Real and Perimeter Trail Addition of a new westbound right turn lane El Camino Real signal improvements, new crosswalk on the north leg Raised speed tables and crosswalks at Castilleja Ave and Madrono Ave Lighting improvements and a new rapid flashing beacon The City has initiated a Phase 2 Churchill project focused on obtaining quick community consensus for improvements to the Churchill at-grade crossing of Caltrain and Alma Street. Safety issues at this crossing include (1) high bicycle and pedestrian traffic and (2) regular vehicle queuing on the tracks due to short storage space. Concepts proposed include widening/realigning the crossing for bicycles and pedestrians; installation of a pre-signal due to the queuing concerns; installation of bicycle signal heads at Alma and Churchill intersection (see the graphic below); replacement of the crossing surface with concrete; and new lighting. Following Caltrain concept planning, the city will advance planning for a safe route on Churchill Ave to the Bryant St bicycle boulevard. Also, to improve the Coleridge Avenue school commute route, the City...

*Santa Clara BPAC meeting

The Santa Clara Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) will hold is regular meeting on Wednesday evening, October 21, 2015, from 4-6 PM in the Building Department conference room in the Santa Clara City Hall complex. A vacancy has become available and the committee is seeking interested and qualified candidates. An agenda and more information will be available...