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The Stevens Creek Trail Advances

Los Altos resident Gary Hedden was among the eager cyclists who showed up to the dedication of the new bike bridge to Sunnyvale, bringing the trail just a little bit closer to Los Altos.

 

Editor's Note: Los Altos Patch thanks Gary Hedden for providing the pictures and this short report about the new section of the Stevens Creek trail that includes a freeway bridge. Hedden was out, bright and early at the bridge for the ceremony. Building on the trail from Mountain View, the communities of Los Altos, and Sunnyvale are supposed to be planning the continuation of the trail. Mountain View still leads the pack, dedicating not one, but .

By Gary Hedden

The Stevens Creek Trail now crosses Highway 85. The bridge was opened to foot and bike traffic Saturday morning, June 23.  

Several hundred people showed up for the dedication ceremony and to see the new bridge and the new landscaping along the trail. More than 100 trees and 1,600 shrubs native to the Stevens Creek watershed were planted.  

The bridge connects areas that were divided by Highway 85 and now makes it possible to hike or bike from near the Mountain View/Sunnyvale border all the way to Palo Alto without any contact with automobile traffic.  It makes for a wonderful, safe bike ride. The connection for Los Altos residents is at the end of Sleeper Avenue in Mountain View.

The next steps are for Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Los Altos to work out a plan to get the trail to continue up Stevens Creek.

This is a work in progress, but according to Cathy Lazarus, former Director of Public Works for Mountain View, it can happen and people are working on it. I was there to hear about any future plans, see how many folks would show up,  and be one of the first to cross the bridge on my bike.

commuter June 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Would be interesting to hear comments from Los Altos and Sunnyvale officials about extending the trail. My understanding is that Cupertino is ready to go, but they are limited in what they can do without any solid plans from Los Altos and Sunnyvale to fill in their short gap.
Megan Satterlee June 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Cupertino have agreed to jointly funding a study to identify a route to connect the built Mountain View and Cupertino segments.
L.A. Chung (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 04:40 AM
The Cupertino City Council approved Phase I, which goes from McClellan Road to Stevens Creek Blvd., last year. http://cupertino.patch.com/articles/stevens-creek-trail-plan-advances-despite-budget-gap. This goes along the creek. I don't think there's any way the Los Altos portion will actually go along the creek, just streets nearby.

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