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Cherie Walkowiak

146 neighbors want protected bikeways for Graham Middle School students in Mountain View.

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Background: Three middle school students were struck by motorists in front of Graham Middle School in 2012. To improve safety on Castro Street between El Camino Real and Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View is redesigning the roadway to calm traffic. Design elements include pedestrian enhancements and wide bike lanes with a striped buffer. Other design improvements include: bulbouts at intersections to make crossing distances shorter, blinky lights at mid-block crossings, and the elimination of the slip lane (free right turn for cars) from Castro to Miramonte. To make room for the improvements, they would like to remove a lane of traffic from each direction of the road (sometimes called a road diet). These changes will give Graham students a much safer route to school. This is a great start!

New Ideas: The additions below would make the plan even safer for Graham Middle Schoolers to get to and from school:
- Replace the buffered bike lanes with Protected bike lanes, using a solid barrier between the young cyclists and cars. Planter boxes, a curb, or raising the bike lane to sidewalk level would all be great options, as show in these images. Update: word has it protected bike lanes have made it into the design. We'll update the page when the design is released on February 7th.
- Where there is on-street parking, use the parked cars as the barrier, with a 6-foot wide "landing pad" between parked cars and the bicycle path. Students can jump out of the car here to put on their backpack before crossing the bicycle path.
- Replace bulb-outs with with refuge islands, as seen in Protected intersections, so both pedestrians and cyclists have a safe place to wait to cross the street.
- Wherever there is a bus stop, have the bicycle path wrap behind the bus stop (called bus stop bypass) so our students don't have to play leapfrog on the road with a 30,000 lb bus.

Supporters All

Uri Pachter
Ada Majorek
Bruce England
Jesse Cupp
Simon Purdon
Eugene Cordero
Tracy Chu
Elizabeth Abreu Eaton
Tulia Huang
Abigail Sherr van Roode
John Brazil
Katherine Donaldson
Cyril Bouteille
David Leong
Greg Coladonato
Sahara Velez
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Castro Street between El Camino and Miramonte

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The construction of protected bike lanes in front of Graham Middle School is well underway. It is due to be completed by the end of 2017. We can't wait!

www.safemountainview.org/news/...

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Protected Bike Lanes Underway!

The construction of protected bike lanes in front of Graham Middle School
is well underway.  It is due to be completed by the end of 2017.  We can't
wait!

This will be a parking protected bike lane.

www.safemountainview.org/news/...

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Posted Oct 9, 2017
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Cherie Walkowiak

The moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived - the Castro Street redesign has been released!! Please find the agenda here:
Agenda (Item 3.1): legistar1.granicus.com/mountai...

You will find also an overview of the design in "Attachment 2 - Overall Castro Street Improvement," in the Agenda above.
Details about the design are in the Study Session Memo, also in the Agenda above.

City staff will present the design and take public comments at a study session at 5pm Tuesday, February 9th in Council Chambers at City Hall (500 Castro Street). Bring a middle school student, and wear green in solidarity!!

Safe Mountain View will hold a meet-up outside City Hall at 4:30 for supporters to band together before the study session. RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-up-s...

If you can’t make it to the study session, please write a letter of support to City Council:
citycouncil@mountainview.gov

Some things we LOVE about this design are:
- protected bike lanes
- green paint
- safety islands at some of the intersections
- the elimination of the slip lane at Miramonte
- bulb outs to shorten the crossing distance for people walking across the street

Cheers!
Cherie Walkowiak
www.SafeMountainView.org

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Posted Feb 5, 2016
Anand Hattiangadi
Anand Hattiangadi
Feb 5, 2016

Lots to love about the design. Protected bike lanes, bulb-outs, etc. However I don't see a solution for the scariest part of biking to Graham from OMV/Castro - turning left into the school parking lot. Currently this involves merging across 2 lanes and taking an unprotected left across traffic. Currently most kids avoid this by biking the wrong way down the sidewalk to Graham, or turning onto Sonia Way and then biking into the back of Graham (diametrically opposite to most of the bike parking at Graham). I worry that with the current design it will actually be harder to cut across traffic to the unprotected left, and biking the wrong way down the Graham side will actually be harder as well.
I would like to see a plan for the left turn, ideally something along the lines of www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/en...
How does one provide feedback/help improve the design?

Posted by Anand Hattiangadi on Feb 5, 2016
Cherie Walkowiak
Cherie Walkowiak
Feb 5, 2016

You can write a message to: citycouncil@mountainview.gov

Or it you are free, you could come to the study session and tell council what you think: 5pm City Hall - 500 Castro Street

Safe Mountain View will hold a Meet-Up before the study session. We'll band together outside City Hall at 4:30.

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Cherie Walkowiak

Good news! Word has it Mountain View city Staff has added protected bike lanes to the list of improvements they are proposing for Castro Street in front of Graham Middle School. This is great for the students' commute to school! The design is scheduled to be released on February 5th.

Come support the design at a Study Session February 9th at City Hall, 5:30. Meet up with other supporters outside City Hall at 5pm. Wear green to show support!
www.safemountainview.org/event...

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Support Protected Bikeways for Graham Students

Come support the improvements the City wants to make for Graham Middle
School students.  They need our support!

Details:

Where:  Mountain View City Hall: 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

When: Tuesday, February 9th

* 5pm - 5:20: Meet-up outside City Hall - RSVP
* 5:30 - 6:30: Study Session inside City...

www.safemountainview.org/event...

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Posted Jan 10, 2016
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Cherie Walkowiak

Safe Mountain View and Greenbelt Alliance are hosting a Happy Hour for Protected Bikeways for Graham Students. Space is limited. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP here:
eventbrite.com/event/15765123910/

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Happy Hour for Protected Bikeways for Graham Students

Come join others who are interested in Mountain View creating the safest possible bike lanes for the students of Graham Middle School.  Mingle, have tasty snacks, share ideas, and learn how you can help encourage the City to transform Castro Street from Miramonte to El Camino into a showcase of how safe a street can be.
Kids welcome....

www.eventbrite.com/e/15765123910

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Posted Feb 14, 2015
Cherie Walkowiak
Cherie Walkowiak
Mar 5, 2015

Thanks to all who joined us for a tasty, informative happy hour! Thanks especially to Uri from Greenbelt Alliance for the treats, and to Councilmember Mike Kasperzak and former Councilmember Ronit Bryant for the advice. In a nutshell: the best way to affect change is by talking to council members and staff one by one. Good to know! One final ask: please help us reach our goal of 100 supports this week by sharing our idea of Protected Bikeways for Graham Students with your friends. Ride on!!

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Cherie Walkowiak

Safe Mountain View is starting a discussion list about why we need protected bikeways for Graham Middle School students. Go below and click "subscribe to this group" if you would like to join the discussion:
groups.google.com/forum/#!foru...

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Posted Jan 19, 2015
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