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Sunnyvale transportation plan aims to make biking, walking safer

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Sunnyvale transportation plan goals to make biking, strolling safer

SUNNYVALE — Within the subsequent 10 years, Sunnyvale expects to have extra bicycle lanes, higher sidewalks and safer routes for kids to get to high school.

No less than, that’s the plan as unanimously authorized late final month by the Sunnyvale Metropolis Council. 

Town spent greater than a yr updating its energetic transportation plan after it obtained a $338,000 sustainable communities grant from Caltrans and pitched in a few of its personal cash.

Metropolis staffers took biking and strolling excursions, audited the methods kids walked to 21 faculties, met with focus teams and college districts and sought public enter at a group workshop and in an internet survey.

The plan goals to get 10% of commuters and residents in Sunnyvale out of their vehicles and pedaling or strolling for each day duties, together with work, by 2030.

About 1.5% try this now.

“The aim of the plan is that we wish to create a related, snug, secure and handy community for all ages and skills,” Dennis Ng, town’s transportation and visitors supervisor, stated Thursday.

“So anyone from an eight-year-old to an 80-year-old particular person would really feel snug utilizing this community that we’re going to create, after which it offers everyone a alternative if you wish to stroll or bike to get to some place quite than get right into a automobile.”

In his report back to the council, Ng beneficial getting 5% of its commuters and residents to experience bicycles or stroll in 10 years. However the council set the loftier aim of 10%.

If the plan’s aim is met, metropolis officers hope bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities and extreme accidents can be reduce in half over the following 9 years. There have been 61 such fatalities and extreme accidents in Sunnyvale from 2014-2018, in response to Ng’s report.

Bicycle lanes can be enhanced with buffers similar to vertical posts, concrete medians and extremely seen paint. Sidewalk upgrades, extremely seen crosswalks and signage are among the many pedestrian and routes-to-school enhancements envisioned within the report.

The projected price for the bike upgrades, together with the addition of practically 90 miles to an current community, ranges from $23.5 million to $99.5 million, in response to the report. The value for safer routes to high school enhancements ranges from $17.8 million to $97.1 million. The wide selection displays “quick-build” enhancements similar to paint and vertical delineators on the decrease finish to concrete and landscaping on the upper finish.

The report targeted on corridors similar to closely traveled Tasman Drive, El Camino Actual, Fremont Avenue  and Hollenbeck Avenue, in addition to downtown, the SNAIL neighborhood, Braly and Washington parks and De Anza Boulevard.

Some audio system informed council members on the assembly that the plan doesn’t go far sufficient in connecting the bicycle community and others stated extra neighborhood outreach ought to have been achieved for the report.

Some famous {that a} stretch alongside Tasman Drive is especially unhealthy for bicyclists.

Town obtained about 90 emails from the general public, together with one one that stated the plan appears “grossly inadequate” in comparison with what’s offered in close by cities similar to Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara and San Jose.

One other emailer applauded the hassle, saying, “I recognize that we’re making progress to make it safer for bicycles and pedestrians. I bike to work every single day in Sunnyvale. I do know many colleagues who used to bike into work, however had shut calls (normally with vehicles) and stopped commuting by bike. Offering higher and safer infrastructure is of profit to all of us.”

Ng stated the plan can be used as a roadmap for metropolis officers.

“As new growth occurs across the metropolis, we will exit and apply for grants from a number of businesses now,” Ng stated. “We are able to additionally work in the direction of rapidly implementing some (facets of the plan) as a part of our regular upkeep. As we’re resurfacing the roadway, we will simply merely slim some lanes and put in some issues.”


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