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The Grand Boulevard Initiative Partner Sessions were a series of interactive meetings to engage local representatives and discuss emerging opportunities to make El Camino Real a more urban, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented corridor for residents to live, work, shop and play. Read more about the sessions and view the session documents here.
Six Peninsula cities recently received top honors for development projects and plans in the El Camino Real corridor that exemplifies the Grand Boulevard Initiative (GBI) Guiding Principles. This year, two awards were granted – a 2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Award and 10-Year Legacy Award, which commemorates a previously awarded project as an exemplary legacy project of the 10 years of the Grand Boulevard Initiative.
At an awards ceremony and special luncheon held last week sponsored by San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and Dostart Development Company, LLC, GBI’s Task Force selected the following cities for the 2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Award:
Recipients of the 10-Year Legacy Award include:
A total of 15 projects were nominated for the 2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Awards and 17 projects nominated for the 10-Year Legacy Awards, for a total of 32 projects nominated and scored. Members scored each of the nominated projects based upon how well each project met the 10 Grand Boulevard Guiding Principles.
The Grand Boulevard Initiative received a state grant of nearly $350,000 to design improvements on El Camino Real in Redwood City and Palo Alto to improve safety and accessibility for all roadway users. The grant, awarded by Caltrans as part of its Sustainable Transportation Planning program, will improve portions of El Camino Real near the downtown areas of Redwood City and Palo Alto. Combined with a local funding contribution, the total improvement investments will be $394,300.
The improvements will include traffic calming measures, upgrades to pedestrian facilities, considerations for bicycles, and enhanced streetscape designs to make the area more livable for residents. The areas in Redwood City and Palo Alto were chosen based on their high opportunity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and access on El Camino Real. With the improvements, the Grand Boulevard Initiative hopes to make the areas more socially and economically connected with their surrounding communities.
Conceptual design for the improvement projects will begin in late 2016.
Grand Boulevard Initiative invites its member agencies to submit nominations for the fourth round of Grand Boulevard Awards for projects and plans that embody the 10 Guiding Principles and Grand Boulevard Initiative Vision of creating people friendly places from Daly City to San Jose.
Eligible projects must be located within a half-mile of El Camino Real/Mission St/The Alameda (State Route 82) in San Mateo or Santa Clara Counties between northern Daly City and San Jose at Diridon Station.
There are three different Award categories. A project or plan will be evaluated based on its level of compliance with the 10 Guiding Principles.
- Project, Public
- Project, Private
Read More below to learn how to submit a Nomination.
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The Grand Boulevard Initiative was featured at the Silicon Valley Business Journal's "The Business of Commercial Real Estate" forum on April 14, 2016. The panel discussed the past, present, and future of the critical El Camino Real regional link and examined the possibilities and challenges it faces.
For more information, visit the event webpage.
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.