On Tuesday, March 20, City of Palo Alto’s Finance Committee will consider options for reigning in its $56 million deficit to fund infrastructure projects, with proposals ranging from a potential ballot measure to even eliminating certain projects that have been in the hopper for years. On the chopping block are nine projects prioritized in the Council Infrastructure Plan, which include implementation of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, Charleston/Arastradero Corridor improvements, and the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge.

While any budget negotiation can tend to focus on specific line items, it’s important to note how collective implementation of these bicycle and pedestrian projects move Palo Alto closer toward achieving its goal of viable and sustainable transportation options – as outlined in the City’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan.

SVBC is reaching out to folks who live or work in Palo Alto for their support in implementing these core projects, which will make the movement of people in our communities safer, healthier, and more sustainable.

Our ask: Write to City Council to let them know that these three Infrastructure Plan projects bolster a roadway system that is safe and accessible to all, whether you ride a bike, drive, use transit, or walk. Please see our recent Action Alert for guidance on emailing City Council and attending Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting.

You can get clued up on the three projects, here:

  1. Charleston/Arastradero Corridor Plan
  2. Phase 2 of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Bike/Pedestrian Plan Projects: Bryant St Extension, Maybell Ave, Stanford Ave, Park Blvd, and Wilkie Way.
  3. Hwy 101/Adobe Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge