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Traffic plan: Council zeroes in on North Bayshore

Original post made on Feb 15, 2013

A host of options for relieving traffic by Google headquarters were presented to the City Council Feb. 5, including new freeway ramps, tunneling Charleston Road under Highway 101 and a "cycle track" to make Shoreline Boulevard a bike-friendly street.

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Posted by resident
a resident of The Crossings
on Feb 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Is a Shoreline Blvd bike path really useful? Shoreline is so close to the Stevens Creek Trail that most bicycle commuters are already using the trail. What the city needs is safe bicycle routes over Hwy 101 from other parts of town, especially from the north/west side of town. How about a bike path from the San Antonio Caltrain station over Hwy 101 to the North Bayshore area? Bike and pedestrian routes are currently poor in the area between Rengstorff and San Antonio, so a new path would be heavily used by the community. I'm sure lots of people in this area work north of the freeway, but currently do not have a good way to get to work other than single occupancy autos.

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Posted by Mr. Worldallwrong
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Put wings on the bikes so they can fly above traffic, they could be rubber band powered which is eco friendly.

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Posted by Janet L
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

@resident: Take a look at the images. Part of the plan includes a tunnel at Charleston/Rengstorff that can help with bike access on the north side, as will the bike bridge planned just north of San Antonio at Adobe Creek.

And as for Shoreline being near the Stevens Creek Trail, they may be close once you're in North Bayshore, but they're not close at points further South. For example, most people leaving the Caltrain/VTA station headed to that area use Moffett, Sterlin and Shoreline to get there. Heading east to the trail adds at least five minutes and includes an extra overpass/hill. Not nearly as direct. And that doesn't include bike commuters, like me, who live west of Shoreline.

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Posted by Occasional Cyclist
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I agree with Janet on improving Shoreline for bicycles. If you start further South, say El Camino or similar, getting over to Stevens Creek is nice (I like cycling through downtown and Old Mountain View), but it's also quite a detour - e.g., to Google, it probably adds about 10 minutes one way. The problem with Shoreline is that you share the road with cars, which is unpleasant especially during commute hours and when going over the 101 bridge (the bridge over Central Express is already quite nice for bikes) - over 101, cars are crossing your path as they enter / exit the freeway. It's the quickest route but also somewhat hazardous as is.

I don't know whether it is the highest priority item overall, but for myself, bicycle improvements on Shoreline would certainly increase my bicycle usage.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2013 at 6:06 am

I agree with make bike routes better and improve travel time on a bike, but not everyone will be riding a bike.

I like the idea of having outlaying garages, but then again that still is more cars on the roads.

A mix of transit choices that are ever improving.

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Posted by Scott Lamb
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

I don't understand why council members are still dragging their feet on the environmental study or even assuming its outcome. I work for Google. We pride ourselves on data-driven decisions. With an attitude like this, Jac Siegel wouldn't last long at Google. Maybe he won't last much longer on the city council either. I'll make a point of talking with the transportation team before voting in the next election.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Clear difference between the private sector and city government:
"Data-driven decisions" vs. "Decision driven data"

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Posted by Barry B
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 20, 2013 at 12:03 am

The futuristic "pod" monorail type concept that some council people are proponents of from MV Caltrain across Shoreline will be realistic in the future time frame when the increased non motor-vehicular transport solution is needed.
Google money should be used to build it. This would be a natural extension of their driverless car program.
In return for all the demands given as request and proposals that Google makes, let's have the council pass a hire local law, giving priority to MV residents by length of residency, instead of Google importing thousands of foreigners that are bloating the cities population. MV has more than enough fully skilled well qualified and under- or unemployed population right now to staff many if not most of the openings Google anticipates filling over the next few years.
A biped extension of Steven's Creek Trail _over_ 101, instead of current the sometimes closed and sometimes criminally infested underpass, will greatly increase trail use to the Shoreline area.
Also, time for the council to take the bold step of designating Steven's Creek trail as a bike trail and not part of a park. That clears the way for full street lighting of the trail, making it the complete bike commuter thoroughfare that will be a needed part of getting 10% of Bayshore area employees to use other than cars to get to work.

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Posted by Bayshore commuter
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

I find it very curious that (at minimum) three very large and dangerous potholes showed up OVER-NIGHT on Charleston between Shoreline and Rengstorff, right in front of the main Google campus buildings.

Mark my words, it won't be long before the headlines read "Increased traffic makes roads unsafe".