Walk Bike Cupertino was founded in 2014 by Larry Dean and a small group of volunteers with the simple idea of making Cupertino a better place to walk and bike. Larry is a long-time Cupertino resident and an active community leader (Past President and Board member of the Rotary Club of Cuperitno, Board member of Trustees and Past Chair of Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation, and Past Board member and Chair of Northwest YMCA).
Since the beginning of 2014, Larry has been researching, developing and acting on how to make walking and biking safer in our community. After many meetings with the city leadership from elected, to the City Manager, to the Public Works Department, Larry organized a bicycle/pedestrian advocacy group in Cupertino. In June 2014, 67 members joined the group. Many more members joined the effort since a 15-year-old Mountain Visa High School student was killed in an accident on McClelland Road in October 2014. Today the group has risen to 300 individuals all working in support of its mission.
Walk-Bike Cupertino Goals:
Encourage elected City Officials and Staff to highly prioritize and fund physical improvements in the city to improve ease and safety for pedestrians and cyclists;
- Increase the amount of pedestrian and bicycle use in the city;
- Help mitigate congestion near CUSD and FUHSD school sites;
- Improve the health of its citizens and families;
- Make it easier, safer and more pleasant to travel within neighborhoods
- Reduce the number of automobile trips by its citizen to/from schools, shopping and community amenities.
Walk Bike Cupertino History and Data Points:
- Brought together in June 2014 with 67 members;
- Advocated and successfully promoted Bike/Ped City budget of $250K for the 2014-15 fiscal yearand an additional $430K in February 15. The city had not funded any material amounts during the prior 4 years;
- Works closely with Cupertino City staff to identify and prioritize Bike/Ped projects;
- Published a dozen informational newsletters to members since July 2014;
- Promoted the new signage and “sharrows” on McLelland Road from MVHS to Foothill;
- Promoted the green bike lanes on Stevens Creek Boulevard from DeAnza to Foothill;
- Worked with DeAnza College to open up bike entrance on McClelland Road;
- Worked with Cupertino Rotary to fund a bike repair station at DeAnza College;
- Currently researching and developing a bike/ped safety training plan for CUSD Middle and elementary students;