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VTA Wants to Know What's Important to Bicyclists

VTA is looking for public comment on its bicycle plan in order to have safe and effective bikeways throughout Santa Clara County.

 

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is looking for public comment on its 2012 update of its bicycle plan. 

VTA's Bicycle Technical Guidelines is the bicycle component of the Santa Clara County’s Long Range Transportation Plan, and complement the countywide Bicycle Plan and VTA’s Bicycle Expenditure Program (BEP) which is the funding mechanism for countywide bicycle projects. It has approximately $165 million to fund 80 bicycle projects for the projected 2010-2035 time period.

One of the projects included is the Adobe Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge Replacement in Los Altos. This is the Hetch Hetchy pathway between Los Altos Avenue and Arastradero Road, which VTA's share was 80 percent.

"We want to hear from the users," said VTA Spokeswoman Brandi Childress. "We want to hear from the people in the community using bikes every day to better provide connectivity and safer pathways throughout the county."

Along with the project in Los Altos, VTA is also helping pay for several other projects, including the Mary Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing in Cupertino, the Uvas Creek Trail feasibility study in Gilroy and projects in Los Gatos.

"VTA works with cities to provide a guideline for their planning efforts when they are doing any kind of public project so that there's connectivity and consistency," Childress said. "VTA is an integral part in helping these projects get funded." 

In Campbell, one example is the , which has added bicycle lanes to the stretch of roadway that connects the downtown to .

The comment deadline is Sept. 15.

Residents can email their comments on the plan here or send it via snail-mail to: 3331 N. First Street, San Jose, CA, 95134-1906, Attn: CMA Planning, Building B-2.

For questions or more information, please call 408-321-2300.

Eric Nelson August 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
All I can say is the more bike paths, the better! So glad to hear that we're making progress on this front...
L.A. Chung (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM
@EricNelson: There are other Los Altos and LAH projects on that link, including one over by Foothill College. So, anyone who has druthers ought to weigh in.

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