*SMC BPAC Stakeholder workshop

Member Login Username: Password: A stakeholder workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 3 from 6 to 7:45 pm, at the San Mateo Public Library, Laurel Meeting Room. The workshop will be an opportunity for members of the public to help identify the priority skills and expertise that members of the newly-formed San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee should have, and to discuss priority topic areas for the Committee to consider. The County of San Mateo invites applicants for the newly-established County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Members of the Committee will advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, programs, funding, and other issues that relate to improving and increasing walking and bicycling transportation. People who live in San Mateo County (either in incorporated cities or in unincorporated areas) are eligible to apply and serve. Members will be selected to represent the interests of older adults, safe routes to schools, bicycling, and other walking/bicycling interests. Provide input on-line: An on-line survey will be posted in January at the Active Transportation website for those who wish to provide input or are unable to attend the stakeholder meeting. For further information, contact Ellen Barton, Active Transportation Coordinator, at ebarton@smcgov.org or (650)...

*Millbrae Station Area Plan Public Hearing

Millbrae City Council will conduct a public hearing on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan Update and Final Environmental Impact Report. There will also be a study session on January 5, 2016. Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan was initially developed and adopted in 1998 and is being proposed to be updated. The updated Plan would guide future public improvements and private development in the Plan Area over the next 25 years. Associated with the Specific Plan update are amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The project is composed of the update to the Specific Plan and two specific Oriented Development (TOD) proposals, referred to as TOD #1 and TOD #2. While the approval and construction of the two TOD proposals are part of the overall project studied in the EIR, the findings and approvals being considered at this meeting relate only to the Specific Plan and not to either of the TOD proposals, which would be considered at a later date. The City Council will consider 1) certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, and 2) adoption of the Specific Plan and related General Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments. See Millbrae’s page on the project for more...

*Millbrae Station Area Plan Study Session

Millbrae City Council will conduct a study session on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan Update and Final Environmental Impact Report. There will also be a public hearing on January 12, 2016. Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan was initially developed and adopted in 1998 and is being proposed to be updated. The updated Plan would guide future public improvements and private development in the Plan Area over the next 25 years. Associated with the Specific Plan update are amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The project is composed of the update to the Specific Plan and two specific Oriented Development (TOD) proposals, referred to as TOD #1 and TOD #2. While the approval and construction of the two TOD proposals are part of the overall project studied in the EIR, the findings and approvals being considered at this meeting relate only to the Specific Plan and not to either of the TOD proposals, which would be considered at a later date. The City Council will consider 1) certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, and 2) adoption of the Specific Plan and related General Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments. See Millbrae’s page on the project for more...
Holly St. and Highway 101 update

Holly St. and Highway 101 update

Freeway crossings are one of the biggest barriers to biking and walking. Because of their high speeds, shifting traffic directions, and car-focused design, they discourage people from biking for transportation. As highway interchanges are updated, they should include safe and comfortable facilities for all roadway users, for all ages and abilities, which is the definition of Complete Streets. The Holly Street overcrossing of Highway 101 in San Carlos currently has a narrow sidewalk on one side, some fading sharrows, and shoulders adjacent to four to six lanes of fast-moving traffic entering and exiting the freeway. Even the most experienced bicycle riders are intimidated by this interchange, with good reason. The closest safe crossing for people biking is over a mile north of Holly Street at Ralston Avenue in Belmont or more than three miles south in Redwood City. The City of San Carlos has been working on this project since (at least) 2009. I dug through our files and found a comment letter from SVBC dating almost exactly six years ago, regarding the Holly Street/101 alternatives being developed at that time. Over the years, the project has undergone many iterations. Originally, the City of San Carlos sought to include high quality biking and walking facilities on the interchange itself. Unfortunately, this was not approved by Caltrans at the time and so eventually all parties determined that a physically-separate pedestrian and bicycle bridge would be the best design. Since then, City of San Carlos has been trying to line up the funds to get both the interchange and the ped/bike bridge constructed. SVBC successfully support the City’s request for $400,000...
Update on Page Mill/280

Update on Page Mill/280

As many of you know, last week a bicyclist was killed on Page Mill Road near the interchange with Highway 280. This was especially tragic given that SVBC has been working with the various stakeholders (Caltrans, County of Santa Clara, City of Palo Alto, and Town of Los Altos Hills) over several years to make this interchange safer. In 2014, our Roadway Safety Solutions Team visited the site with engineers and staff from the respective jurisdictions to analyze the site and offer solutions. As Colin mentioned in our previous blog post, there is currently a phased plan on the table. The first stage or “interim” plan requires approval by Caltrans and includes more visible delineation and green paint, similar to nearby Alpine Road at Highway 280. We are currently in conversation with Caltrans and the County of Santa Clara to figure out where the funding for this plan comes from and how to move it forward as quickly as possible. We know many of you are interested in getting involved, so please contact us using the form in the bottom righthand corner of this page if you would like to be added to the mailing list for this campaign. We will send out status updates and action alerts as they develop. Unfortunately, collisions like these happen far too often in both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. This is why we have been working so hard on Vision Zero and helping cities take action through the Vision Zero Toolkit. We are currently making presentations to City Councils (such as in Daly City) and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees (such...