Stevens Creek Trail extension opens Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jun 24, 2012 at 8:51 am
Wearing bicycle helmets and their walking shoes, several hundred residents waited patiently Saturday morning for city officials to cut the ribbon before heading over a new extension of the Stevens Creek Trail.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 23, 2012, 11:35 PM
Posted by fantastic, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jun 24, 2012 at 8:51 am
This trail is a fantastic city resource. Hundreds of people bike to work or school on the trail every weekday and hundreds of families use it for recreation every weekend. Hwy 85 was a monumental barrier for pedestrians and bicyclists; forcing them to bike down El Camino Real to commute between Mountain View and Sunnyvale. The new bridge on the trail is a fantastic improvement, greatly improving safety and encouraging many more people to bike to work. Without this trail, hundreds more cars would be on our streets every day of the year.
We need more trails like this. The cost is trivial compared to the benefits. An equivalent amount of freeway would cost 100 times as much. Kind of ironic that a primary benefit of this trail is to give bicyclists and pedestrians safe routes around our monster freeways.
Posted by G. Myrah, a resident of another community, on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:57 am
They did a much better job designing the access to this bridge over 85. The chicanes are far enough apart that I can ride my bike through and the ramps are not wood and a reasonable grade. I hope my town, Sunnyvale, gets off the bench and works out the next part of the route.
Posted by User, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:08 am
After 3 days of riding this ramp it should be noted that auto traffic on Heatherstone has yet to adjust to the new influx of bikes and pedestrians. Each time I've come off the ramp, I've observed cars FLYING around the corner, obviously over the speed limit, then having to slam on their brakes when they see the trail users. Hopefully once drivers get used to the new situation here, they'll slow down to at least the speed limit
Until that happens, though, please use extreme caution, esp when exiting onto Heatherstone. We've had enough people killed by cars around here recently.