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...

*San Bruno Walk ‘n Bike Plan: Group Walk or Bike Ride

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. There will be two separate activities to choose from: (i) a group walk of the downtown and, (ii) a group bike ride to envision the citywide bikeway network. At both activities we will discuss residents’ concerns and ideas for improvements. Meet at 10 am over breakfast refreshments, or at 10:30 am for the walk or ride itself. (For the bike ride, be prepared to ride on streets with traffic; the ride might not be appropriate for beginner riders.) Advance sign-up and City liability waiver required. To sign up, contact Paula Bradley (see contact information below). Email or phone: If you wish to provide comments directly to City staff, contact Paula Bradley, Associate Planner, at PBradley@sanbruno.ca.gov or at (650) 616-7038. You may also contact Paula with any questions about the Walk ‘n Bike...

*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...