Page Mill/280 Interim Improvement Process

Page Mill/280 Interim Improvement Process

In the six weeks since cyclist Jeff Donnelly was fatally struck by a vehicle on Page Mill Road near Highway 280, staffers at all the involved agencies have been working to improve, fund, and construct an interim design solution that will boost safety in the short term. SVBC has proposed a forum intended to gather public input and come to consensus on a design. The County Roads and Airports Department would prefer to first meet with technical staff from Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Caltrans, then bring a more fleshed-out design to local cyclists for input. In any case, finding the money necessary for detailed design and construction is first on the to-do list. Here is the timeline proposed by the County: Find the money and agree on implementation roles. VTA has identified some potential funding sources but more will be needed. County is refining the cost estimates and will be talking to Caltrans and the cities about what they can contribute. The County expects to have a proposed funding plan in January. Also, this is all in Caltrans’ right-of-way and further discussion is needed about whether Caltrans could deliver the project and to clarify Caltrans’ role in the design. Design. The County’s concept was preliminary and needs refinement and more thorough design. There will be a technical working group consisting of Caltrans, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, and VTA staff as well as a couple of representatives from the VTA/County BPAC to provide input into certain design questions. Public outreach. Supervisor Joe Simitian has generously agreed to facilitate a forum once agency technical...
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...
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...

*Safe & Confident Autumn/Winter Bicycling

151016 Safe Winter Biking Fall 2015 This class is for fair-weather bike commuters and recreational riders interested in tips for continuing to enjoy bicycling in colder weather, with shorter daylight hours, and/or when rain is predicted. Learn to dress for Bay Area winter weather Learn to outfit your bike for drizzle and darkness See photos and video on safety and basic commuting skills See clothing options for staying warm and dry See a variety of effective lights for your bike and helmet Optional goal-setting to help start making change Bring questions and learn from two knowledgeable instructors Register at http://hip.stanford/edu Class code:...

*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...