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News - September 3, 2010

Residents weigh in on bike/pedestrian path across 101

Keep, improve the Adobe Creek under-crossing, they say

by Sue Dremann

When it comes to finding a place for an improved bike/pedestrian path that will cross U.S. Highway 101 in south Palo Alto, more than 50 residents turned out Wednesday to tell the city one thing: Leave it where it is.

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Comments

Posted by bike to Google, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

This bike path is the main route for people bicycling between the south Palo Alto neighborhoods and Google and other employers in that area. The current path is very popular, but it is closed 6 months of the year. Bicycling over Hwy 101 at San Antonio has gotten extremely dangerous since the new Jewish center was built. Please build a year-round bike path ASAP. Thank you.


Posted by Don't hold your breath, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

"The study will be presented in this fall to the Architectural Review Board, Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning and Transportation Commission. The City Council is expected to review the project next year."

And maybe 10 years from now something will be built--typical PA process-committees, boards and talk, talk talk.


Posted by bike to Google, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

If I had known about this meeting beforehand, I would have attended. Is there any NIMBY opposition to upgrading the bike path?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Call it the Google Bikeway and I'll bet it would be ready before winter. With Google money, of course.


Posted by Richard, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

There was no neighborhood opposition to upgrading the crossing. I think everybody in the Midtown area got a postcard in the mail telling them of the meeting. These projects take a long time because of the number of agencies and reviews involved, even outside of Palo Alto: Santa Clara Valley Water District, Caltrans, PG&E, VTA. Environmental reviews need to be done and reports need to be filed. Even if Google agreed to pay (and they did not offer to do so when I spoke to their transportation people about this a couple of years ago) it would not speed up Caltrans. The Cupertino bridge took 10 years to complete, so if we complete this upgrade within 4 years I will be very happy.


Posted by TJ, a resident of Meadow Park
on Sep 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

"The current path is very popular, but it is closed 6 months of the year."

Why can't the current pathway under H.101 be upgraded and cleaned out so it can be used during the rainy season?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

The usual Caltrans delay is waiting for funding. They showed how fast they could move when money is secondary in the South after Loma Prieta and here after the collapse of the East Bay section.


Posted by Richard, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

TJ,
That is basically the plan that the residents favored. Presently the water level in the dry season is only a few inches below the existing path, so a little bit of rain causes the pathway to get covered in slimy mud. The creek channel needs to be expanded to keep the water level below the pathway. Also, the current pathway is to narrow and the overhead clearance is inadequate to meet standards. Overall a substantial amount of widening is needed and that will require moving the abutments for the freeway. Those need engineering approval by Caltrans, which can take a long time. In fact, if they are not involved in the funding of a project they have no motivation to respond in a timely manner at all.


Posted by bike to Google, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm

If there is another public meeting about this, posting a sign along the bike path is probably a more effective way to notify users than mailing postcards. Assuming that the meeting occurs during the 6 months when the trail is open, of course.


Posted by qq, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I love using the Adobe Creek underpass. San Antonio is a death trap. Rengstorff and Shoreline are not much better. Can't wait for there to be a year round solution to getting to the baylands from south Palo Alto!

qq


Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I never noticed the bike bridge over Oregon closed? Can someone expand on that? It seems functional every time I bike over it.

I agree about San Antonio ... every once in a while I bike over Embarcadero or San Antonio and I do not really like to do that.

Not to mention that the auto traffic especially on Embarcadero is really poorly designed ... but after what they did to University I do not believe Palo Alto civic planners competent to solve any of these problems.

The idiocy especially of the north bound exit from 101 to Embarcadero either way, the merging towards Edgewood, or God help you if you want to take a left at the light when you get off the freeway to the Post Office.


Posted by bike to Google, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm

The bridge north of Oregon Expressway is a 4 mile detour (twice a day) for people trying to cross Hwy 101 at San Antonio Road. Forcing people to bike those extra 8 miles during your typical winter commuting weather (i.e. dark, cold, wet) just encourages them to drive to work instead.

Did the city narrow the lanes on San Antonio Road when the new Jewish center was built? San Antonio seems much more dangerous for bicyclists now.


Posted by Alan, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I would have voted for the Adobe Creek over-pass had I been there.


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