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.
"I'd call it the 200-less cars bridge," said Mountain View resident Chris Carpenter of the extension's most prominent feature, a bridge over Highway 85 to Heatherstone Way.
The 1,500-foot extension from Sleeper Avenue brings the 5 mile trail to a large swath of Mountain View and nearby Sunnyvale east of Highway 85.
Carpenter noted that Mountain View High School students who live east of the highway will no longer have to contend with El Camino Real to get to school and will instead find an almost non-stop bike friendly route to school, thanks to the bridge.
As the crowd walked over the bridge several people noted the attention to design was much more apparent than other bridges on the trail, and most other pedestrian bridges over highways. The long sloping ramps are probably the most accessible of any bridge on the trail for those in wheelchairs.
As part of the $4.2 million extension, the city is also planting 1,600 shrubs and over 100 trees native to the creek's watershed.
After 22 years of building and over $30 million spent, city officials reminded everyone how much the 5-mile trail is a "crown jewel" of the city, used for "commuting, exercising and socializing," as City Manager Dan Rich put it.