The project has been spinning along since last year under the Managers Mobility Partnership, a roundtable consisting of the executives from the four cities. The group was formed last year when all four city councils agreed the shared bikeway was a worthwhile project.
For now, the temporary bike pathway will run along Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View and eventually end at Warwick Street in Redwood City. The route will benefit from already existing bike routes and "low-stress" streets that don't force cyclists to compete with cars for road space. For now, the main change will be adding dozens of new signs to guide riders along the route, said Nate Baird, a Mountain View transportation planner working on the project.
"All the cities are interested in making this existing route better," he said. "Our long-term vision is to eventually spread this beyond the four cities."
Planning for a permanent route is still at an early stage, and there is no specific timeline for when it could be completed, Baird said. Last year, members of the Mobility Partnership were considering building a route along either El Camino Real, Middlefield Road or the Caltrain line. All of those options reportedly remain on the table.
A celebration is planned for early next month to kick off the interim bikeway and to collect input on a future route. The event will include food, music and information on the Peninsula Bikeway. Each city is planning a community bike ride to travel to the celebration. The launch event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Burgess Park in Menlo Park.
A bike delegation from Mountain View, led by Mayor Lenny Siegel, is planning to meet at Eagle Park at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8 to ride over to Menlo Park. All are welcome to participate.
More information about the Peninsula Bikeway can be found at peninsulabikeway.com.
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