Do you dream of a connected, low-stress north-south bike route from San Francisco to San José and beyond? So do we! That’s why we’ve been pushing for bike lanes on El Camino Real in multiple cities over the past several years. It’s also why a group of dedicated SVBC members created this North-South Commuter Bike Route (Click thru to map, revised in 2007) for San Mateo County. Instead of navigating through endless turns, wouldn’t it be great to just hop on a road and be led through signage and low-stress bike facilities north-south through all your favorite cities?

This is also the shared goal of the Peninsula Bikeway, a project of the Managers Mobility Partnership between Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Stanford that is having a kick-off event this Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 am to 2 pm in Menlo Park.

As a first step in a connected north-south route, the cities decided to pluck the low-hanging fruit – what low-stress bike facilities and routes exist and are used in each city? Unified signage that has recently been put up along the route makes these routes more visible and available for people biking.

The Sept. 8 launch event will celebrate this first step and begin planning for a long-term high quality and permanent north-south bike facilities. Will that be El Camino Real, Middlefield, a trail adjacent to Caltrain, or some other route? Now is the chance to join the discussion and make your views known.

Join the party at Burgess Park (701 Laurel St.) in Menlo Park. Community bike rides will be organized from each city to the park (see the rides and times for Redwood City and Mountain View) where there will be food, music and information on how to become involved in the design for a permanent bike route. Elected representatives and staff from the cities will also be on hand to hear from the community.