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on Dec 23, 2010
Good job, Mountain View. Trails for bicycle commuters are much more efficient than building new roads.
This is fantastic.
With the huge increase in cycling year over year over year, this was a no brainer. Great job MV!
too bad I was laid off and had to move outta MV or I would really be able to enjoy biking to work on this new extension! Either way, GooD JoB to My HometowN of MountaiN VieW!
It is good news that the bridge at Springer over 85 will be started soon and I hope to be a happy user of it. I hope there's a way to bike to the fancy suspension bridge overpass to Cupertino over 280. I can now use the under-101 Steven's Creek Trail tunnel nearby.
>>> "What we've heard from the community is the need to connect the city" so that the city is no longer "pieces separated by freeways," said Mayor Ronit Bryant. "It will help give us the walk-able, bike-able city residents tell us they want." <<<
That's a nice sentiment, but take a look at what the new Caltrain pedestrian crossing work at Castro Street is doing. It is cutting off handicapped access to the downtown VTA light rail station, and making it difficult for baby carriages, carts, and even walked bikes to cross. The intent seems to be that pedestrians pass one at a time over the busy crossing. The intent also seems to be to throttle sidewalk traffic at grade crossings altogether over time.
Making the crossings safer seems a fine idea, but putting up steel fences funneling all sidewalk traffic through a single manually operated steel gate opening appearing about 30 inches wide with a paint striped walkway across the track accommodating two people passing is an attempt to shut off the crossing sidewalk traffic over time. There is a sign reminding us that there is a $271 fine for not conforming to this arrangement though crossing against the signals has been a violation all along.
It is not their concern to throttle sidewalk traffic at the busy transit center area. Pedestrians including chair users and so on are stake holders as much as anyone else but I guess they don't have a place in an auto-oriented suburb. The voters for the Measure A funds used would approve of safety improvements, surely, but did not intend to try to get rid of sidewalk traffic. Apparently cutting off the VTA light rail station to handicapped access also is puzzling. Isn't that illegal?
If this is what the rail people will do with $5.8 million in Measure A money, what would they do with a piece of $42-plus billion?
This is great news for everyone in Mountain View. But sorry Kevin Dugan - the traffic on 101 is highly impacted by the narrowing of the lanes.
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