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VTA Bike Plan Meetings Draw Lots of Ideas

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Interested in seeing a safer way to bike through freeway interchanges?  How about closing gaps in the trail network? Maybe you’d like to know if VTA will install bike stair channels on the stairs at light rail stations. These were among the dozens of questions and suggestions raised by nearly 90 people who attended three public meetings held March 29-31 around the county to support VTA’s update of the Santa Clara Countywide Bike Plan.

The meetings were held in Gilroy, San Jose and Cupertino to seek input from community members on how Santa Clara County can better accommodate bicycle transportation. After a 30-minute presentation and Q & A with the VTA staff, attendees visited stations to take part in various activities including marking maps where they’d like to see bikeway improvements, voting on bikeway designs, and discussing the good and bad about biking in Santa Clara County with VTA project staff.

Members of VTA’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee were also in attendance at the three meetings, including: Mary Seehafer (representing Morgan Hill), Committee Chair Kristal Caidoy (representing Milpitas), Wes Brinsfield (representing Los Altos), Greg Unangst (representing Mountain View), and Barry Chaffin (representing Monte Sereno).

VTA is planning additional public engagement activities including a booth at the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival & Bicycle Show on Sunday, May 15. We are developing an online interactive mapping tool, so people can add project locations and draw lines and give us their comments on where they would like to see bike lanes, bike paths, or bike-pedestrian bridges.

We have also launched a Textizen survey concerning bike issues, which is available in English and Spanish. Text “yes” to 408-916-5799 if you want better biking in Santa Clara County. Text “si” to (408)-831-6442 for Spanish.

In addition, a roving exhibit about VTA’s Countywide Bike Plan will visit various libraries and community centers throughout the county.

The next step of the plan will be developing recommended cross county bicycle corridors. We will work closely with VTA Committees, Cities and County of Santa Clara on recommended project list and policies. Progress reports on the plan will be presented at VTA committees including the VTA/County BPAC.

Any other comments can be made by emailing: bikes@vta.org
 

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