Another big step for Stevens Creek Trail

Thanks to new improvements, it now extends from Cuesta Park to Shoreline

Workers put the final touches on the Stevens Creek Trail extension to Sleeper Avenue late last week, opening the door for local residents south of El Camino Real to the joys of the much-loved pathway.

The extension is only 2,700 feet long and cost $1.1 million. But the smiling joggers, walkers and bikers on the trail in the days after its unofficial opening last Friday seemed to think it was money well spent.

"It's the best thing ever," said Greg Sharrow, a resident of nearby Los Altos, who was riding his bike on the extension Monday evening. "I've been waiting for it to open for weeks. When I saw it was open, I pounced on it."

Sharrow even bought a bike for the occasion. Now he rides the 4.8-mile trail to Shoreline Park and "it's beautiful," he said. "I couldn't be happier."

For their money, taxpayers now have access to a large open space area along Highway 85 that had been fenced off by PG&E for years. The area features over 600 new native trees and shrubs and a new bridge over the creek to Sleeper Avenue, where a trail entrance winds through a small park under a canopy of pine trees.

Pedestrians in the neighborhood previously had to navigate busy El Camino Real to reach the trail, but the trail's extension and the tunnel under El Camino, which was finished last year fixes that. It's now possible to walk or bike from Cuesta Park to Shoreline Park and encounter only one street crossing: Grant Road.

Meanwhile, workers are putting the final touches on a new Stevens Creek Trail over-crossing at Moffett Boulevard, which is scheduled to be done near the end of May.

Jim Petersen now takes his wheelchair-bound mother for strolls on the trail which he said they both enjoy now that there is an entrance a few hundred feet away from her house near Sleeper Avenue. The trail will mean increased pedestrian traffic in Waverly Park, the residential neighborhood east of El Camino Hospital, but Petersen said that doesn't bother him.

Bill and Kerry O'Brien say they've heard one neighbor grumble about the pedestrian traffic, but it doesn't bother the O'Briens either. They said they can now walk their two dogs and not "have to worry about getting hit by the kids driving to the high school."

City manager Kevin Duggan said the trail will also be a boon for Mountain View High School students who live in northern Mountain View and want to walk or bike to school. It may also encourage residents of the neighborhood around Sleeper Avenue to walk or bike to work.

"The trail links the community together in a way we haven't seen since all the freeways went in and streets went in," Duggan said. "This restores those connections by going up and over all those obstructions."

Two Sunnyvale residents said they were waiting for the next trail extension, which would take the trail across Highway 85 to the Dale-Heatherstone neighborhood near the Sunnyvale border.

"I can't believe it's not funded yet," said jogger Eric Johnson of Sunnyvale, pointing to a sign describing the plan near Sleeper Avenue.

The city has yet to fund the $5 million for the next extension, but the City Council appeared to support the project in a study session earlier this month. Public works engineer Bob Kagiyama has applied for several federal grants for the project, and construction could begin by April 2010.

The elevated Stevens Creek Trail crossing at Moffett Boulevard will wrap up near the end of May. An official ceremony for both of the completed projects will be held around that time.


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Posted by Teddy
a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Fantastic! Thank you Mountain View and it's residents for supporting the Stevens Creek Trail. What a great investment in many ways. You're all to be commended for this great trail. Thanks again.

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Posted by Jones
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 27, 2009 at 6:23 am

Nice job, MV really shows alot of class completing projects in these uncertain times.

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Posted by Woohoo!
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 27, 2009 at 8:07 am

A great big "Thank You" to all the City Council members who had the foresight to approve the Stevens Creek Trail and all of its extensions over the years. You're leaving behind a legacy that will be used and enjoyed by generations to come. It's definitely not an inexpensive project but well worth the cost in the long run.

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Posted by Trail rider
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

Great job MV leadership,

Hopefully Sunnyvale and Los Altos get on board to complete the remaining segments.

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Posted by AJ
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I look forward to biking down to cuesta to play tennis without having to cross traffic!

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Posted by The Dad
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 27, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I'm really proud of MV on how they have handled their Shoreline and SC Trail decisions over the last 30 yrs or so. Great job Mountain View!

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Posted by jb
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Thanks to the unsung heros of this project, the engineers of Public Works and their engineering consultants who surely spent long hours getting approval from Fish and Game, PG&E, the water district, City Council and (last but not least) NIBMYs.

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Posted by Sondra & Frank
a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

We are delighted to find new pathways in our neighborhood that bring us closer to nature. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this vision a reality that benefits so many.

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Posted by j2thesea
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Yeah, I love this safe connection from my neighborhood to Shoreline. Adds to Mountain View's "bikeablity", and eco-friendly, too!

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Posted by NewDad
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Thanks so much to the leadership in Mountain View! In these tough times, you've brought a sense of confidence and security to the city. As a relatively new resident (since 2005), my wife and son and I are looking to buy a larger home, and it's because of initiatives like these, and clear steps towards improving the community, that we want to remain in Mountain View and really set down some roots.

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Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I biked it today and it is a very pleasant new addition to the trail.

I kept wondering what, if anything, could be done with the many acres between the trail and Highway 85. This might be a great spot for a community garden with water drawn directly from the creek. I'm sure there are many other great potential uses... anybody want to share some ideas?

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Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

AC is a registered user.

Bruce Karney,

I'm not sure what ideas one could share, when your idea is already great just as it is. :)

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Posted by RR
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Thanks to all who promoted this project and to all who worked on it. I have been using the trail for several years now to commute to my office on my bicycle. With this extension I do not have to deal with dangerous traffic on Grant Rd. and El Camino.

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Posted by Garrettt
a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Way to go MV.

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Posted by Mr. Big
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Another reason that Mtn. View is the best city on the Peninsula.

Now they should pave the Northern end of the trail connection with Shoreline Park along the berm (right in front of the water/property line) that is not currently being used but is perfect for a trail. That end of the trail could also use a water fountain for humans and our four legged friends.

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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

The Bridge over Moffett Blvd. can only be described as Magnificent. Many thanks to all the Civil workers who are working on this project. It's going to make biking to work fun and a lot safer.

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Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I love the Stevens Creek Trail and I ride it regularly. I'm happy to see it expanding, but not everyone is. This past week a co-worker of mine sent out an email to a very wide list asking for support from Sunnyvale residents to keep the trail out of Sunnyvale. The concern stems from the trail going through the backyards of Sunnyvale residents. Hmmm...this sounds familiar

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Posted by sally
a resident of another community
on May 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm

The Stevens Creek Trail is the best bike path on the peninsula by a large margin. It is very beautiful. It is a great commuter route connecting many Mountain View neighborhoods with schools and employers and parks.

I just wish that other cities on the peninsula can build similar trails so bicyclists do not have to fight with car traffic at the many treacherous interchanges along Hwy 101 and Hwy 280.

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Posted by Rick and Chris Robledo
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm

We biked the trail today and it's beautiful! It's so nice not to have to fight the traffic on Grant and El Camino to the Yuba entrance of the trail. Thanks so much for bringing the trail to our neighborhood!

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Posted by Smart Growther
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

I remember when many people in that neighborhood did no want the trail to go south of ecr. Thanks to the far sighted people who knew the trail would be a boon for homeowners in that area,

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Posted by Sidney
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm

My husband and I love to bike the trial out to Baylands park and along all the levees! Now we can leave right from our neighborhood, we biked it for the first time last weekend, BEAUTIFUL! Thank You!!!

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Posted by Richard
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

This trail is a magnificent resource and the longer it gets the more useful it is. I hope the Luddites in Sunnyvale wake up and realize how much it could bring to their community if it is extended there. They just need to visit Mountain View to see how popular it is.

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Posted by Chris D'Urso
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

I love this trail. Shoreline Park and Stevens Creek trail has been he backbone of a number of my commutes over the last decade. In part due to this trail, I have been fortunate enough to make the bicycle my primary mode of transportation in the Santa Clara valley.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to make a connection trail on the levee east of Moffett Field to the Sunnyvale Baylands and San Thomas Creek Trail. This extension could form a contiguous non motorized path from the Baylands at the boarder of San Mateo county to central expressway near the San Jose airport, downtown San Jose, and trail work up and down the Guadalupe River.

Maybe one day we could go all the way from Dowtown Old Niles (Fremont), through Milpitas, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose to Los Gatos without automobile traffic. At approximately a metric century and spaning, many of the best trails in the South San Francisco Bay Area it would make wonderful showcase bicycle/marathon events and numerous more opportunities for non-motor commuters in a practical everyday sense.

Thank you trail enthusiasts!

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Posted by jb
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Just back from my first bike ride from downtown Palo Alto all the way to the new end of the trail. What a wonderful gift for everyone who loves our great outdoors. Thank you to the City of Mountain View, and I hope the rest of the trail gets funded in short order.

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