Cupertino to Hold “Bike Boulevard” Workshops

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The City of Cupertino is best known as the corporate headquarters of a boutique hardware developer called Apple. But if the city moves forward with a plan to add seven “bicycle boulevards” to its bike network, it could also become one of the more bike friendly cities in Silicon Valley.

Cupertino will hold a series of workshops tomorrow to inform and solicit feedback from the general public for its proposed network of bicycle boulevards. For more information about the meetings, click here to visit the project’s webpage and follow the link to download the flyer pictured at the top of the article. The flyer explains what time the various workshops begin for each of the boulevards

An article in the San Jose Mercury-News previewing the meetings notes that many of the boulevards will be on streets that connect with schools, providing safe routes for children. As with most bike boulevards, there aren’t plans to add bicycle lanes. Instead, the city is planning from a buffet of options for traffic calming including traffic circles, speed bumps, curb bulb-outs, and parking aprons.

Once this weekend’s meetings are over, the city will decide which boulevards to focus on first. “The next steps will depend on the feedback we receive; if we need to make substantial changes based upon the public input, we will regroup and hold a second public workshop to present the updated plans,” explained Jennifer Chu, an associate engineer with the city. “If the proposals are well-received, we will proceed towards construction.”

Of course, too many plans go through a public process but are never built do to a lack of money. However, in this case the city is ready. Chu promises the city has set aside funds so that once the plan is approved, it can move quickly to implementation.

  • John French

    The streets in question look like mostly quiet residential streets which are already pretty nice to ride on, but aren’t on a direct route from anywhere to anywhere. If you’re actually trying to get somewhere by bike in Cupertino you’re either going to get lost in a maze of intentionally-labyrinthine cul-de-sacs, or end up on one of the arterials like Stevens Creek or De Anza. These have “bike lanes” which are about 3′ wide, half-paved and half-gutter, and have no buffer at all between you and 6 lanes of distracted motorists going 50mph.

    Those arterial roads also have wide, tree-lined medians separating the two directions of motor traffic, and no street parking. Moving those planted medians from the center of the road, to between the bike lane and the traffic lanes, would create a useful network of beautiful bicycle highways.

    Improving a few disconnected segments of the residential streets won’t do much to improve biking in Cupertino.

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