Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

It’s been a busy week for bike advocacy on the Peninsula! We sent out comment letters on three issues affecting bicycling: one discussed a new redesign proposal for the Page Mill Road crossing of Highway 280, one weighed in on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan, and one urged the City of Belmont to utilize a scheduled repaving of Old County Road as an opportunity to add bike lanes that connect to neighboring communities. Have an issue you’d like to see SVBC act on? Attend a meeting of one of our Local Teams or send us a Position Recommendation Form to...
Citizen Bicycle Advisory Committees increase with requirement

Citizen Bicycle Advisory Committees increase with requirement

Any regular readers of SVBC’s blog may have been following this saga since at least 2010 – the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has required cities to have Bicycle Advisory Committees (BAC/BPAC) in order to be eligible to receive Transportation Development Act – Article 3 (TDA-3) funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. This requirement has unfortunately been easily and often skirted by municipalities throughout the Bay Area. SVBC has been working to increase the number of Bicycle Advisory Committees, as an important forum for people who bike to weigh in on city projects and ensure that they meet the needs of all road users and become part of a city’s health and environment strategies. Even though this requirement has been on the books for years, it hasn’t always been enforced. That has now changed, and with the upcoming TDA-3 funding cycle, cities and counties that lack BACs have decided to get in gear in order to qualify for funding. We are happy to report that at least 3 new BACs have been created: San Mateo County Bicycle Advisory Committee, which will temporarily be part of the Parks and Recreation Commission until a permanent solution can be established, Redwood City Complete Streets Committee, Belmont, as part of the Parks and Recreation Commission. For more information about BAC/BPACs in your city, check out our BPAC...

Ralston Avenue in Belmont Corridor Study and Improvements Plan City Council Meeting

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...

Open House: Ralston Avenue Corridor Study Conceptual Improvements

You are invited to attend a (final) public workshop for the Ralston Avenue Corridor Study! 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 The consultants have held 3 community meetings since last April and presented the draft plan to City Council last month. The plan has some good improvements filling bike lane gaps between South Rd. and Alameda de las Pulgas, but does nothing to address Ralston west of Alameda de las Pulgas and funnels people who bike onto parallel routes from City Hall to east of the Caltrain station. City Council needs to hear your concerns about these modifications and how it will affect you. The purpose of this sixth community engagement meeting is to gather additional public feedback on the recommended conceptual improvements. The Open House will be open to all, with an interactive format to entertain comments about the problem areas, and proposed conceptual improvements ideas generated based on now the eighteen month long community engagement process, technical analysis and studies. Interactive stations will be available throughout the evening. Community members are encouraged to drop in at a time convenient for them. Visit the website at http://www.ralstonavenuecorridorstudy.org/ for information on upcoming meetings, background documents, and other opportunities to share your thoughts. 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....

Belmont Ride in Disguise

Bring your bike, scooter, skateboard, rollerblades, or walking shoes to your nearest Streets Alive! Parks Alive! celebration. If you’re coming to Belmont’s event on May 4, don’t forget your disguise as you make your way to the Belmont Sports Complex. This event will be part of a 9.5-mile, tri-city celebration (San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont) along the Bay Trail that will celebrate active lifestyles. Ride or walk the trail while appreciating the natural habitat, or simply enjoy some of the free activities taking place at various parks. At the Belmont Sports Complex you will be able to: Participate in a bike rodeo (skills course) Take advantage of free bike inspection and repair Setup a picnic area while enjoying some music Decorate your bike with accessories Take part in other games along the grassy field And win prizes for the best disguise Get all the details at http://www.streetsalivesmc.org/cities/#belmont Click here to download the flyer Click here to download the map Volunteer! Volunteers make everything better. Help us make this event a successful one by being a ride marshal along the trail or by helping us teach bicycle safety at the bike rodeo. Please contact Ernesto at 408-287-7259 x221 or...