Silicon Valley Bicycle Advocacy

The number one rule of advocacy is “Show up!” so here’s your opportunity to make a difference.

  • TONIGHT: Sunnyvale Mary Avenue Bike Lane Project Study Session. This is AKA the “Mary Avenue Streetscape Allocation Study, Fremont Avenue to Maude Avenue.” On Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 pm the City Council will hold a study session on the Mary Avenue Bike Lane Project. At the study session staff will present various alternatives evaluated under the street space allocation study for Mary Avenue. It will be an opportunity for the Council to learn more about the project and ask questions. The Council will not be asked to make a decision about the project at the study session. This study session takes place in the West Conference Room at City Hall, 426 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA.

    The three year study looked at ways to accommodate motor vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and public transportation on Mary Avenue, which is a major north-south corridor through the city of Sunnyvale. City public works staff proposed various lane reduction and parking removal options for Mary Avenue.

  • Online Survey: Bike lanes on El Camino Real. The city of Sunnyvale seeks public comment on proposed bike lanes for El Camino Real between Sunnyvale Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue/ Remington Drive. The addition of bike lanes on this portion of El Camino Real is part of the City’s plans to add bike lanes on all major streets in the City and would also connect existing bike lanes on Sunnyvale Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue/Remington Drive.

    El Camino Real is a State highway operated by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Caltrans has given the City permission to remove the existing on-street parking lanes to make room for bike lanes. This Google Streetview image shows ECR just west of Cezanne Drive.

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    There is virtually no demand for on-street parking on this portion of El Camino Real and there is considerable off-street parking supply. The City currently has funding to install the bike lanes.

    This seems like a slam dunk to me, but the city wants to know whether to replace on-street parking with bike lanes or do nothing. Take the survey here and let them know how you feel.

  • San Jose River Oaks Parkway buffered bike lanes. The city of San JOse DOT will host a public workshop on planned enhancements to the existing bike lanes on River Oaks Parkway between 1st Street and Montague Expressway. The city plans to add delineators (i.e. soft hit posts) for part of the street and mountable curbs (i.e. those rubber curbs used on 3rd & 4th Streets in downtown San Jose) for the rest. The meeting will be in the auditorium in Building A at VTA Headquarters at 1st & River Oaks, San Jose, CA. starting at 6pm on May 2, 2013. Bike racks are available near the entrances to Building B, and several secure Bike Link lockers are also available in the northeast corner of the VTA parking lot. VTA is served by the River Oaks light rail station on the Mountain View/Winchester and Alum Rock/Santa Teresa light rail lines. VTA headquarters is the set of buildings with the large parking lot directly across from the construction site on River Oaks Parkway immediately next to the Guadalupe River Trail River Oaks bridge to Santa Clara.

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