Key Facts About the McClellan Road Bike Lanes
Cost of Construction: $8.8M
Length of Project: 1.6 miles
Type of Project: Class IV Bike Lanes (see here for an explanation of different types of bike facilities)
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Current Status (May 2022): The McClellan Road bike lanes have construction complete in Phase 1 (2020) and Phase 2 (2021). (See below for where the different phases are located.) The second phase will connect with the Regnart Trail when it is opened near the Cupertino Library. Phase 2 included minor paint changes to the DeAnza / McClellan/ Pacifica intersection, though further changes are planned for that intersection in Phase 3.
Phase 3 includes the portion of the lanes from Imperial to Byrne, on the westernmost portion of the lanes. Due to a lack of right-of-way, this portion cannot currently be built and is on hold. Phase 3 also includes updates to the McClellan(Pacifica)/DeAnza intersection. The design for that will be complete in June 2022, and construction will begin in January 2023.
Why Does Walk-Bike Cupertino Support this Project?
It will be a safer biking connector to school for Kennedy Middle, Monta Vista High and Lincoln Elementary. Class IV lanes are the safest type of biking infrastructure after trails, as they are physically divided from cars.
Reducing traffic congestion on local roads
The additional cars that are on the road each morning driving students to school are a likely contributor to congestion and reduced safety around the schools and in local neighborhoods.
Less traffic at schools
If kids are safe to walk or bike to school safely, parents may let them! These bike lanes can reduce the gridlock at dropoff times by allowing hundreds of kids from local schools to bike to school more safely. McClellan and Bubb Roads have extremely high traffic congestion at pickup and dropoff times each day. Every child that walks or bikes to school means one fewer car on the road.
Connectivity to Library, City Center and Parks
These bike lanes will take cyclists safely to the City Center and Library area. They then connect directly to the Regnart Creek Trail, which connects to multiple parks and destinations including Wilson Park, Creekside Park, Cupertino High and Main Street.
A greener Cupertino
Using alternative transportation and reducing pollution is great for everyone. By encouraging biking, these lanes will result in fewer cars, less traffic, and cleaner air. Encouraging biking to school will allow for less idling of vehicles as they wait for children to leave school each day or be dropped off.
Location of Project
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Note, phase 2 and 3 have been combined into phase 2.
How Walk-Bike Cupertino has actively supported this project
Walk-Bike Cupertino has:
Provided information, maps and data to residents, City Council and Staff regarding number and location of local school children, and usefulness of these lanes to cyclists;
Kept supporters up to date on upcoming events and milestones for the project via email newsletters;
Sent emails of support to City Council and ecouraged others to do the same;
Coordinated vocal support at City Council meetings when this topic was to be discussed;
Met with City Staff, Bicycle Pedestrian Commission, and Cupertino City Councilmembers to discuss details of project and to encourage progress and adequate staffing. Discussed concerns with them from residents living nearby and others using the lanes.