The Grand Boulevard Initiative received a Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning grant to develop conceptual design drawings for multimodal streetscape improvements on two segments of El Camino Real in Palo Alto (Stanford Ave to Lambert Ave) and Redwood City (Maple Street to Charter Street). Based on high bicycle and pedestrian collision rates, these segments were chosen as one of two case studies to develop design guidance that could be adapted for other jurisdictions along the El Camino corridor. In collaboration with the two jurisdictions, the study will identify the challenges, needs, and opportunities for all modes of transportation and develop improvements to make the areas more livable for residents.
The Creating Safe and Healthy Corridor Communities study will be completed in February 2019. The process will include data collection and existing conditions review, gathering public input on potential improvement alternatives, refining the draft concepts based on feedback from the project partners and the public, gathering public feedback on the revised concepts and presenting the final alternatives to City Council.
City of Palo Alto – Grand Boulevard Palo Alto
The project team held three outreach “pop-ups” in mid-January as well as administered an online interactive mapping survey. The purpose of the pop-up events and interactive mapping survey was to gather community input and ideas that can be used to develop draft conceptual streetscape designs. The project team is currently reviewing community feedback and developing initial concepts to be shared at the next round of outreach.
The next round of outreach for Palo Alto is anticipated in May, 2018. For more information on the case study segment in Palo Alto visit the City’s website here.
City of Redwood City – Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study
Outreach events for Redwood City will begin in late March and include a combination of “pop-ups” and workshop/open houses. Outreach events will be held at the following locations and times:
- Saturday, March 17th, 1-3 PM at Target Center at Charter Street (2485 El Camino Real)
- Wednesday, March 28th, 4:30-7 PM at BevMo (1745 El Camino Real)
- Friday, April 13th, 4-6 PM at Fair Oaks Community Center (2600 Middlefield Road)
For more information on the case study segment in Redwood City visit the City’s website here.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO JOINED US!
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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