Santa Clara County Bike Plan Update public workshops this week

The Santa Clara (CA) Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are updating the county bike plan. Three public workshops are scheduled this week beginning TONIGHT so you can give your input on where bicycle improvements are most needed.

San Jose / Santa Clara Bike to Work Day May 8 2014

About the Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan

The Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan’s primary goal is to make it easier and safer for people to bike when traveling from one city to the next in Santa Clara County. The plan establishes a network of Cross County Bikeway Corridors that will provide continuous, complete bike connections across the county. The plan also identifies locations where new and improved bike connections are needed across freeways, rail lines and creeks. Last, the plan identifies ways to make it easier for people to use their bike with transit, including bike access to major transit stops, bike parking at stops, and bicycle accommodations on board.

Why Update The Countywide Bike Plan Now?

VTA has had a Countywide Bicycle Plan since 2000. The plan was most recently updated in 2008. Since then, we have seen advances in bicycle infrastructure design, advances in planning for bicyclists, and a cultural shift toward bicycling. More people, and a greater diversity of people, are interested in bicycling, and they want bikeways that are physically separated from cars. VTA now has the capacity to model how building new bikeways will affect travel patterns, congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the local jurisdictions in Santa Clara County have built many new miles of bike lanes and trails. It’s time to update the Countywide Bicycle Plan to reflect these changes.

More opportunities for your involvement

VTA will also collect public feedback for the Countywide Bicycle Plan at community events, including the Silicon Valley Bikes Festival & Bicycle Show on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Please share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues. Please click “Going” on the VTA Facebook event pages, and spread the word via social media. You may also subscribe to VTA updates regarding the bicycle plan, and contribute to an online mapping tool (coming soon) at vta.org/bikeplan.

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