San Mateo County California BPAC: First meeting Thursday night!

The San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee was established by a Board of Supervisors Resolution in September 2015 to advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, plans, and programs that affect people walking and bicycling for transportation in unincorporated parts of the county. The first meeting of the newly established citizen committee takes place Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 7 pm, in City of San Mateo City Hall, Conference Room A.

Informal bike path

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#ReplaceBikeWithCar Portola Valley California

Portola Valley, California is a wealthy town nestled in the hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. With an average median income of $244,000 per year, it’s the sixth wealthiest community in California with the ninth most expensive housing in the nation.


Alpine @ Portola, Portola Valley, CA

It’s also a great place to ride. Residents of Portola Valley and nearby Woodside perpetually complain about the weekend traffic jams as hundreds of road cyclists pass through their towns. When the wealthy residents of this area (including the CEO of my employer, who also happens to be the fifth-richest individual in the world) ask San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks to intervene, the sheriff listens.

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Job opening: Active Transportation Coordinator San Mateo County California

San Mateo City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) seeks an Active Transportation Coordinator to help with bicycle and pedestrian program coordination throughout San Mateo County, California.


Take the lane

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Devil’s Slide trail meeting tonight

Plans are proceeding convert the abandoned portion of California Highway 1 around Devil’s Slide into a public park. San Mateo County Parks will hold a meeting tonight at Moss Beach to present their plan for a recreational trail at Devil’s Slide and take public input.

The county is preparing to take over from Caltrans the notorious cliffside road that linked Pacifica and Montara. The Parks Department aims to open the trail in early 2014.

The Devils Slide Trail will run 1.3 miles between parking lots Caltrans has constructed near the northern and southern portals to a pair of bypass tunnels that opened in March. The 4,200-foot Tom Lantos Tunnels rendered obsolete the old stretch of Highway 1, which was prone to landslides during winter storms that caused lengthy closures.

The county’s plan calls for the trail to be about 24 feet wide, with two 6-foot bicycle lanes to the east and a 12-foot walking path closer to the cliff’s edge.

[County Supervisor Don Horsley] said he is worried there may not be enough parking spaces — there will be just 38, according to [county parks superintendent Gary] Lockman. If parking demand far exceeds capacity, Horsley said, the county may need to consider a shuttle.

The meeting takes place tonight, 7-9 PM at the Cypress Meadows Conference Center, 343 Cypress Ave., in Moss Beach.

Read more in the Mercury News. Learn more at San Mateo County Parks Devil’s Slide Trail Project.