Norcal bike news update

I’m cancelling the San Jose Bike Train ride for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Sorry!

The city of Burlingame, CA in San Mateo County will host its second community meeting to discuss a Complete Streets redesign of California Drive. The aim of the project is to improve bicycle, pedestrian and motor vehicle access on California Drive from Murchison Drive to south of Broadway. This 1.4 mile segment of California Drive is an important connector for cyclists in the city of Burlingame bicycle network and the San Mateo County North-South bike route. The meeting takes place 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Tuesday, January, 24, 2017 at the Burlingame Main Library in the Lane Room, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA.

Burlingame California Drive Complete Streets meeting

Opponents are already spreading Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt to derail this project, so you should make plans to attend if you’d like to see good improvements here.

Burlingame bike lane FUD photo by Manito Velasco

East Bay bike riders want a bike-ped bridge from Oakland to Alameda Island to avoid riding through the Posey Tunnel; the US Coast Guard (which has a station on Alameda), says any bridge must allow passage of tall vessels. In spite of strong support for a moveable bridge, City of Alameda officials say such a bridge is unfeasible.

The city of Belmont, CA in San Mateo County is currently recruiting members for its Parks & Rec Commission, which serves as the city’s Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The deadline to apply is 5:00 P.M. Friday, January 20, 2017, and the application is available on the City’s website: under “City Council and Commissions,” by calling (650) 595-7408 or 595-7413, or in person at the City Manager’s Office or the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, One Twin Pines Lane. There are four openings for adult seats on the Parks and Recreation Commission for two-year terms, and one opening for a term that expires in 2018 (one current commissioner will be resigning to relocate out of the area). The Parks and Recreation Commission meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and makes recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to Belmont’s Park and Recreation programs, as well as on capital improvements to the City’s various parks and open space areas. They’re also recruiting for the Planning Commission, which advises City Council on zoning and land use issues.

Redwood City El Camino Real Corridor Plan

Redwood City, CA El Camino Real Corridor Plan Citizens’ Advisory Group public meeting begins 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in council chambers at the RWC City Council Building on 1017 Middlefield Road. They’ll discuss bike lanes, parking, sidewalks, transit, small business retention and community benefits.

The SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) Train will offer free introductory rides through July 4, 2017 when it opens later this Spring. Since SMART will have bikes-on-board service, this sounds like a good opportunity for a train ride out to Santa Rosa for biking in Sonoma wine country. Details in the press release [PDF].

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Thank you to SVBC’s Emma Shlaes for many of these event notifications Thank you also to Manito Velasco, who provided the FUD on California Drive photo and wryly notes: “It’s not an official Complete Streets project until the first complaints about taking parking away or other inflammatory ‘scare’ language surfaces.”

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