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Supervisors to face music on Stanford trail offer

Original post made on Dec 8, 2011

A moment of truth is coming Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 9 a.m. when San Mateo County supervisors meet to weigh in a third time on a 2006 offer from Stanford to pay millions of dollars to upgrade the roadside path along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

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Posted by bike lanes instead
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

They should use the money to stripe standard bicycle lanes on Alpine Road. The current bike lanes are too narrow and the width is inconsistent.

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Posted by its mine
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:49 am

I think this issue is dominated by the fact that the homeowners along the road have incorporated the public's trail/walkway/path right-of-way into their own yards and off street parking. All of the excuses sound a bit like a smoke screen.

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Posted by Sidewalk
a resident of University South
on Dec 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Why not just fix the existing narrow path and make it a sidewalk? It could be used for walking and jogging. Then fix the bike lanes on Alpine and bikes can use that. It's silly to have a bike path right next to a road with bike lanes.

We have seen a bicycle fatality at the Alpine/280 intersection, and fixing the problems there would be a better use of this money.

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Posted by bike lanes instead
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Making the path a sidewalk for pedestrians and children only sounds fine with me. Install real bike lanes on the street for adult bicyclists.

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Posted by bikes2work
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

So we all have to suffer because Weekend Acres was a poorly planned development? The property layout really looks like a hodgepodge on Google Maps.

How about combining the "trail" with a true frontage road to connect all of Weekend Acres? Then they can place a signalized intersection at Stowe or Bishop for easier ingress and egress for all of these residents. Part of the frontage road already exists as Wildwood Lane and Alpine Lane. Wildwood Lane to Stowe appears to have enough right-of-way for a frontage road. To complete it, a modified driveway around a single property at the end of Homer Lane could provide the connection between Homer Lane and Wildwood Lane. The County has the power to make that happen. It would be safer for everyone.

The existing trail is pretty decent between Arastradero and 280 and then from Rural Lane all the way to Stock Farm Road into Stanford. It would be a real shame to see this generous offer tossed away.

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Posted by TreesplusSafety
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Keep the heritage trees alive!!, so you have to have make space or the trees WILL die.
Other than that, I don't know what is the best idea..for safety, and visuals/beauty.

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Posted by john
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I've seen this story a few times and always kind of thought it was nimbyism opposition. Finally remembered to take a jog along there last weekend.

The trail isn't in good shape in places, and I didn't see many other people along there. Then again, it's right on top of the road - not my idea of a hiking destination. I'm not sure how you could squeeze a path in front of Weekend Acres. There is no path/right of way along that part currently. Maybe on the other side of the road but you'd have to cut down a lot of trees. A dedicated bike path would definitely improve things for bikers. However it still has to cross two ramps for 280, and would dump out presumably on Sand Hill Road. Wouldn't be happy having my kids biking that route with or without a trail.

All in all I was left thinking it's a weird plan. I can understand why Stanford doesn't want to use its own land for a trail, but they could come up with a million better ways to use $10m in mitigation....

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