Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town CrierLocal residents review maps of Stevens Creek Trail in November at the first of a series of public meetings scheduled to study completing the trailís missing segment between Sunnyvale and Cupertino.
Approximately two months after the first public meeting on the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study, trail routes are taking shape.
“Excellent progress is being made in understanding the realm of possible routes,” said Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, member of the working group exploring options for the trail.
The working group – comprising residents and city staff from Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Cupertino in addition to the consultants – is scheduled to present new concepts and support materials at a second public meeting 7 p.m. today in the Sunnyvale Community Center Grand Ballroom, 550 E. Remington Drive.
According to Jack Witthaus, transportation and traffic manager for Sunnyvale and coordinator of the study, the meeting will focus on how the trail can enhance neighborhood streets – particularly where Dale Avenue meets Heatherstone Way in Mountain View, and on Homestead Road.
“We want to hear what preferences residents and trail users might have for how to accommodate trail users in areas that they may need to walk or ride on a street,” Witthaus said. “This could be guide signs, it could be bike lanes, traffic-calming features, enhanced landscaping, new walkways.”
The joint cities study group convened last year to draft a cohesive plan for linking the Bay Trail at Mountain View’s Shoreline Park to the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. After studying the physical and environmental conditions of trail alternatives to complete the Stevens Creek segment and gathering input from the affected municipalities and members of the community, the group plans to present a final trail feasibility report with a recommended multiuse trail solution in January 2014.
For more information and updates on the project, visit sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/PublicWorks/StevensCreekTrailJointCitiesFeasibilityStudy.aspx.
at Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:54
The Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study is a great example of public manipulation.
The process is biased and corrupted and they really don't care what the residents of streets that will be affected have to say. The community input process is designed to help ratify a handful of specific routes and not actually gather input ... just look at the lame "survey" forms that are provided at the end. And no option is provided to speak in front of the entire group ... wonder why that is? Part of their plan is to tell you just enough (and withhold important information) so that certain routes seem like the best. For example, read the documentation and listen in the public sessions. Do you ever see or hear them reference to "school safety?" That is because if you stopped and thought about how the on-street trail could put school children as risk via adding bike traffic on roads that are already congested. Or in general having 1,000 strangers a day riding through open campuses
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