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News - July 15, 2011

Google: Public could use new bridges

by Daniel DeBolt

Google has responded to an apparent misunderstanding at last week's City Council meeting that its proposed bridges over Stevens Creek will not be open to the public.

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Posted by Me again
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Still doesn't fly with me. I could care less if Google or the whole community uses it. I just don't want to see a traffic bridge, Google motorized traffic apparently, with everyone else restricted to foot or bike.n How is a bus full of Googloids better than 3 cars of non-employees? Both require an ugly over-crossing over a peaceful baylands trail. That's no improvement.

If Google wants their own crossing, then make a deal with Microsoft for access to a small portion of their parking lot and put the bridge right next to the freeway (101) where impact would be the most minimal.

Making the freeway-trail under-crossing a bit longer for 3 more lanes would hardly be noticeable to trail users. I can speak of that personally having experienced the last widening in that very location when the 80-101 interchange was re-built.

That would give Google their creek-crossing without them having to deal with freeway or street traffic (read that as Shoreline Blvd.-to-Middlefield Rd.-to-Moffett Blvd. or the reverse), and not mar-up the trail's current enjoyable feel.

Looks like a win-win to me, as such a bridge would give hikers and riders access to the pea-gravel trail on the opposite side of the creek, as well as giving Googlers easy access to Moffett Field/ NASA Ames. There's no reasonable reason why the crossing has to be way out there by the baylands where the imapct is the greatest, except to save a few hundred yards of driving...Not a good enough reason in my book.

P.S.....A tunnel underneath for Google-usage is still my best choice.

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