There was some great press coverage of the first protected bike path in Mountain View earlier this week.
The Silicon Valley Bike Coalition and Google have partnered to draft "a bicycle master plan to radically improve bicycle infrastructure in the area by emphasizing connections and creating low-stress cycling environments. The idea is to create a network of high-quality bike routes that would cross city lines throughout the northern part of Santa Clara County (North County, in the plan) and seamlessly allow bikes to negotiate current obstacles, such as freeway overpasses and busy arterials."
It envisions a connected, low-stress cycling network.
Sound like coming late is a better idea...
"Item 7.1 on the agenda for Mountain View's City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 7th is the Bicycle Transportation Plan Update. Council members will review, take public input, and provide direction on the Public Draft of the Bicycle Transportation Plan update.
Contact City Council and tell them what you think of the Bike Plan! Best to get comments in by the end of the weekend. Very latest - Monday night if you want to make sure they have a chance to read it.
Or come to the meeting and provide public comments. The city council meeting starts at 6:30, but there are a lot of items on the agenda before the Bike Plan, which will give folks plenty of time to get there. I'm guessing arriving by 8pm will be plenty early."
If you would like to see 35 Miles of protected bike lanes in Mountain View, let city council know by Monday night!! Here's how: www.safemountainview.org/conta...
The Bike Transportation Plan Update is coming before City Council next Tuesday, July 7th during their City Council Meeting (meeting info: www.safemountainview.org/event...). Council will be reviewing the first draft of the Bicycle Transportation Plan Update (Bike Plan: www.mountainview.gov/civicax/f...), and would love input from the public. The Bike Plan is Item 7.1 on the agenda (agenda: mountainview.gov/civicax/fileb...). If you'd like to give public comments in person, head over to Town Hall Tuesday night. the meeting starts at 6:30 pm, but there is a lot on the agenda before the Bike Plan, so 8pm is probably plenty early. Hope to see you there!
Update: In my original post above, I specifically excluded expressways from streets where we would like to see protected bikeways, because I thought the county would never put protected bikeways on the expressways. I personally would love to see protected bikeways on the expressways, as long as they do the whole thing right and include protected intersections. And, it turns out the county might not be as opposed as I thought.
I spoke with County Supervisor Joe Simitian during his sidewalk office hours at the farmer's market last week to make sure he knows about protected bike lanes and protected intersections. His response was that he is on the Policy Advisory Board (PAB) for the Expressway Plan 2040 Study, and that the county is looking at how to make Complete Streets out of the Expressways, including the possibility of protected bike lanes. Well what do you know!
So I've taken out the wording that explicitly excludes the expressways.
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Bike/ped safety and other transportation issues will be discussed at the upcoming Civility Roundtable, sponsored by the Mountain View Human Relations Commission. Admission is free, and all are invited to attend! See the Facebook event page for details: www.facebook.com/events/270678...
The speaker participants include:
• Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr. – Former Santa Clara County Supervisor
• Hon. Tom Means – Former City of Mountain View Mayor and Councilmember
• Adina Levin – Co-founder of Friends of Caltrain
• Josette Langevine – Mountain View Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee
• Karen DeMello - Jackson Park Neighborhood Advocate
• Kevin Mathy – Google Transportation Manager
I think bike boulevards present a great opportunity to make our shared spaces more accessible especially to the young.
We are blessed with flat terrain, an urban forest and a kind climate but often the bicycle infrastructure is tagged onto busy multi-lane arterial streets which only the brave and fearless will ride on. (Think Shoreline or Middlefield).
Imagine a leafy quiet residential street which gives priority to bikes, pedestrians and residents. Palo Alto have a number of routes which have helped reduce car traffic around schools.
It's a win all round, less pollution, healthier kids and livable streets. There is less demand on the infrastructure as we free people from the need to take a 10ft by 6ft ton of steel on every trip in order to feel safe.
Not every trip can be by bike, and not everyone will want to take this option, but growing bike use beyond the lycra wearers will make getting around the city so much nicer for all. No need to seize a lane from motorists just preserve, nurture and promote a network of quiet residential streets and make them feel like somewhere you would be happy to let your kid or your grandma take a spin.
Design features are well tested and include reduced speed limits, occasional barriers that bikes/peds can pass through but discourage cars looking for a cut-through. Good flow, with 2 way stops on adjacent streets, direct routes under or over busy highways (think Evelyn under Shoreline)
There are plenty of candidate streets, Latham and church parallel to El Camino, Marich on the West side with a great pass through to Los Altos at Karen way. Escuela, Montecito Farley, Villa just to start the list (The small dots on Google bike maps is fast defining a network).
Here's hoping that the new Bike master plan will formalize and promote a useable network, particularly one that will connect neighborhoods to schools and downtown. .
interested to hear thoughts...
Good video, but an even more inspiring video from Copenhagen with an American perspective can be found at:
While Streetfilms was in Copenhagen for the Velo-City 2010 conference, of course we wanted to showcase its biking greatness. But we were also looking to take a…
The roadways that feed into Stevenson PACT and Castro Dual Immersion School are prime candidates since
a) they serve population from around the city, since they are Choice program, i.e. lottery schools
b) they have at least two schools on the same compound
In fact Stevenson PACT shares its ground with Theurkauf, and Google Fields Daycare, PLUS Crittenden MS is a few blocks away.
Making improvements on streets around these campus provide a high ROI and impacts many families.
Also working on roadways that feed into these schools, AND paying attention to how Permanante Creek Trail and Stevens Creek Trail can provide safer biking routes for families, will help grow the biking culture for all ages in Mt View.