Vidula Iyer, Pete Heller, Sean Lin, Erik Lindstrom, David Stillman, Larry Dean, Ann Ng, Anastasia Novozhilova, Brooke DuBose of the Toole Design Group.
Member observations around Cupertino.
Larry has been noticing many more kids biking, especially at McClellan and Bubb. This is great news and maybe due in part to the improved biking infrastructure on McClellan. Anne saw bike repair truck that was stopped and helping kids fix their bikes, the kids really seemed to like this and and were engaged with the person fixing their bikes.
What’s next for our streets?
The city of Cupertino’s monthly newsletter, also known as “Cupertino Scene” talked about the Bicycle Transportation Plan moving ahead. You can read the full article by downloading the newsletter from the City Communication section of the Cupertino website, but here are some bullets that Pete Heller makes about the plan.
- Low stress citywide bicycling network for East- West and North-South connectivity
- Physical separation between autos and bicycles on key arteries including Stevens Creek, McClellan, Stelling, and Blaney. (These are known as Class IV bikeways.)
- Expanding the already strong Safe Routes to School program (SR2S)
- Primarily off-street loop circling the city Bike pathways and boulevards for neighborhood-to-neighborhood rides
- Increased bicycling education and enforcement
In other news, there are also efforts to increase bike parking requirements on new developments. The first reading has passed first reading, but we will need to go through a second reading. Currently there are several areas of Cupertino with no bike parking at all. We are also exploring trying to widen sidewalk on new developments too since many of our sidewalks are too narrow. Now that the bike plan is moving forward, the commission would like to focus on walking. Our next project is developing the 2017 Cupertino Pedestrian Plan.
Here’s what we have coming up.
The Cupertino Fall Bike Fest is on October 1st, from 9am to 12pm at Cupertino City Hall. We’ve agreed to use the same route as last year because it worked well. The Silicon Valley Bike Coalition will be there will be there and will leading the bike ride. Last year there were at least 70 people, so we are expecting a good turnout. In the future, we are considering having some streets closed to cars to make it a smoother and safer experience
Special guest speaker.
September’s meeting was special because Brooke DuBose from Toole Design Group, the firm that will handle many of the big bike and pedestrian projects around Cupertino, presented some high-level bike design plans that may be appropriate for Stevens’s Creek Boulevard. Below are some of the key slides presented to the group. You can also read through Toole Design Group’s project list here. Examples include San Antonio and Seattle.