State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: Provide Input to Shape the Future of the El Camino Real Corridor
The process is underway to develop the first-ever California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which will be a visionary and comprehensive policy plan to support active modes of transportation and to increase safe bicycling and walking in California. The plan will guide the State in developing an integrated, multi-modal transportation network for all users, including: bicycle and pedestrian accommodation on the State Highway System where appropriate; connections to intercity rail and public transportation; and support for local government efforts to develop safe active transportation networks.
Caltrans is seeking public input to inform the development of the Plan. Take a moment and provide your feedback via the online survey. Your input could help shape the future of the El Camino Real Corridor!
Click here to access the survey and learn more about the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
Grand Boulevard Initiative Forges Connections at the 2015 TransForm Summit
In front of an engaged and enthusiastic audience at the 2015 TransForm Summit, the cities of San Mateo and Mountain View described the City of San Mateo Sustainable Streets Plan and the City of Mountain View El Camino Precise Plan. These planning projects, which reflect the Grand Boulevard Initiative Vision, can serve as models of successful outreach for other communities and organizations. Community leaders from Greenbelt Alliance and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition also shared their lessons learned through these projects’ outreach processes. Overall, the panelists suggested the best way to have a meaningful impact is to submit well-researched comments at the appropriate time, attend community meetings, encourage fellow community members to attend meetings who have not attended in the past, and reach out to your elected officials. We were also excited to learn that a majority of the audience knew of the Grand Boulevard Initiative prior to the session. Our hard work in spreading the word about the Initiative is paying off! Take a look at the presentation. Big thanks to our panelists as well as our wonderful audience!
East Side Connect Project Completed in San Carlos
In an effort to promote connectivity within the City of San Carlos and to enhance accessibility to residents, the East Side Connect Project was developed along the entire length of Old County Road. This stretch of road is now a complete street, meaning that it provides safe and comfortable environment for many modes of transportation, including walking and biking.
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Grand Boulevard Initiative To Be Featured at 2015 TransForm Summit!
Grand Boulevard Initiative will be highlighted in an action-oriented workshop at TransForm's 2015 Let's Get Moving, Silicon Valley Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit on March 7th at De Anza College in Cupertino. Come learn about successful community outreach efforts happening in the El Camino Real Corridor communities. The cities of San Mateo and Mountain View will provide two distinct planning success stories that other communities and organizations can look to as examples when preparing plans in their own communities. Community leaders from Greenbelt Alliance and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition also will share their lessons learned throughout the outreach process. We are excited to be a part of this gathering and we encourage you to attend. Tickets for the summit are available for purchase online. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Bus Rapid Transit Phasing Plan Study Underway
SamTrans is exploring new options to improve transit service for those that live, work, or play along the El Camino Real corridor. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) can provide faster bus service that could reduce travel times by up to 30 percent, over local bus routes by employing skip stop service, traffic signal improvements, and other operational enhancements. This type of “development-oriented transit” would expand transportation options and complement the GBI’s efforts.
SamTrans has kicked-off a BRT Phasing Plan Study that will identify the optimal features for a BRT type service for the 26-mile El Camino Real corridor from Daly City in the north to the Palo Alto Transit Center in the south. The study will look at what low-cost operational improvements can provide faster bus service in the next 2-3 years while also analyzing the value of more capital-intensive improvements like dedicated bus lanes and improved transit stations in the long-term.
This feasibility study will involve substantial outreach to the public and private sector, including the GBI Task Force and local governments along the corridor, as well as public workshops in the fall of 2013.
Additional information can be found online here:
SamTrans El Camino BRT Phasing Plan