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A 'mythical bridge' no more: Palo Alto's new bike overpass is now open

Original post made on Nov 20, 2021

A new overpass in Palo Alto that will provide yearround access to the Baylands, the new Adobe Reach trail and other outdoor amenities opened Saturday to a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 20, 2021, 7:56 PM

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Posted by Ellen Wheeler
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 20, 2021 at 8:39 pm

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This looks great! What freeway exit is it near? (How do I get there from Mountain View?)

Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 21, 2021 at 9:59 am

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@ Ellen Wheeler
This is very close to the San Antonio Road exit. Park on Terminal Boulevard and walk into the Palo Alto Baylands towards the pump house, then turn left on Adobe Creek Loop Trail and head back towards the freeway. Turn right at Bayshore and then in a few hundred feet you will be at the entrance to the new bridge.

Posted by Ellen Wheeler
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 21, 2021 at 10:52 am

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@Nora S - Thank you! I appreciate how we can use this forum to help our neighbors.

Posted by VictorBishop
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2021 at 6:15 pm

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Finally. After all these years!! Unfortunately, way back when, this project became a personal ego trip for a former Palo Alto council member - we need an iconic bridge was stated. Let’s have a design contest was declared. We need a bridge that people,will know they are in Palo Alto was made clear. So there was design contest, while the price of the bridge increased. A winner was declared. And then the council rejected the winner. And then a few more years passed.
Other cities are able to build simple bridges at a low cost- not Palo Alto. Glad it was built and finally open despite the “efforts” of said council member. We should name the bridge after her - The. ______. ______ iconic, design contest bridge.

Posted by mikepat
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 22, 2021 at 9:46 am

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Better late than never. But now Palo Alto needs to "fix" the East Meadow traffic circle, which forces cyclists to merge into the car lane. East Meadow is the route I would take to access the new bridge for Mountain View. In the past East Meadow had normal bike lanes, but from some reason these bike lanes were seen as more dangerous the a traffic circle. If that was true, why aren't there more traffic circles? The city seems to be stubbornly sticking to a non- cyclist view point.
"Blood will flow when flesh and steel are one"

Posted by bluesjr
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 22, 2021 at 10:03 pm

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Expensive? Yes, but worth it, imo, if it gets more people out of their cars and into nature, either by bike or by foot. I've used it twice now in the three days it's been open and it will be my main access point to the bay after decades of cycling over San Antonio.

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